Obituaries for Year 2021

 
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James E. Busteed, 82, of Versailles passed away at 7:45am, Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his home. He was born in Milan on October 8, 1938 the son of Thomas and Freida Kinnett Busteed. He was married to Kitty Jones on January 20, 1961 and his wife of 60 years survives. Other survivors include two sons James L. Busteed (Betty Schebler) of Versailles, and Dr. Timothy (Jennie) Busteed of Morehead City, North Carolina; one daughter Tammy Johnson of Bloomington; four grandchildren Mackenzie (Becky) Johnson of Marion, Grayson, Katherine and Nolan Busteed of Morehead City; one great-grandson Cooper Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom, and his son-in-law Frank Johnson. Mr. Busteed was a 1956 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a 38 year employee of Seagrams in Lawrenceburg where he worked in shipping. Jim was a 60 year member of the Dabney Baptist Church where he served in many capacities. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be given to the building fund of the Dabney Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Hester M. Young, 80, of Versailles passed away at 7:50pm, Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in Little Blue, Missouri on April 26, 1940, the daughter of Roy and Helen Thompson Chapman. Hester graduated from William Chrisman High School. On June 24, 1973, she married her best friend, Howard Young, who preceded her in death on June 8, 2020. Hester was a tax accountant, and logged many hours helping her clients navigate the challenging world of tax returns. In her spare time, she was an active member in the NMLRA, along side her husband. She loved helping at the black powder shoots in Friendship every year. She also enjoyed spending time with “The Ladies”, playing cards and driving them out for lunches. Survivors include four sisters: Hazel Hupman of Sugar Creek, MO, Donna Jackson of Independence, MO, Diane Ford of Seattle, WA, and Helen Mangum of Independence, MO. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Roy and John Chapman, and her sister Hilda Steffens. She will be dearly missed by all those who loved her, including her many friends, neighbors, and family members not listed here, along with her loving Mr. Boots. Hester’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, April 14 at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Akers Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 1pm. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department or the NMLRA Youth Program in care of the funeral home.

 

Tony G. Diem, 65, of Bennington passed away at 8:25am, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at his home. He was born in Batesville on April 14, 1955 the son of Henry and Alta Robinson Diem. He was married to Shirley Seigle o March 5, 2010 and she survives. Other survivors include on son Alex (Lucii) Diem of Lawrenceburg; two daughters Tara Diem (Brandon Reynolds) and Erin Diem both of Versailles; step-daughter Tiffiany Dodson of Manchester, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; one brother David (Vicki) Diem of Benham. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Diem was a 1973 graduate of South Ripley High School and was a 35 year employee of Delta Faucet in Greensburg. He enjoyed coon hunting, riding and showing horses, his time at the NMLRA in Friendship, and the companionship of his dog Sheeba. Tony was a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ and the NMLRA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Silhouette Range of the NMLRA in care of the funeral home.

 

Carol Ann Weigand, 79, of Washington, formerly of Lawrenceburg passed away at 7:45am, Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Davies County Hospital in Washington. She was born in Cincinnati on January 18, 1942 the daughter of Milan and Bernice Davis Weigand. Survivors include her brother Jerry Weigand of Lawrenceburg. Carol was disabled and spent part of her childhood in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood east of Versailles. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 16th at 10am at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles in charge of arrangements.

 

Danny E. Creigmile, 76, of Versailles passed away at 12:15am, Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on September 25, 1944 the son of Donald and Ina Patrick Creigmile. He was married to Thelma Faye Rodgers Winters on December 31, 1994 and she preceded him in death on August 31, 2012. Survivors include one daughter Sherry (Daniel) Bauer of Aurora; two grandchildren Danielle and Matthew Bauer; one brother Kenneth Creigmile of Versailles; two sisters Janet (Dennis) Schwanholt and Donna Nugent both of Versailles. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his son Michael Creigmile. Mr. Creigmile was a 1962 graduate of Versailles High School. He spent his entire working career at Cummins in Columbus, retiring after 37 years in 1999. He enjoyed attending the senior dances at North Vernon and Madison, and also tending to his flowers and feeding the birds and squirrels. His dog Buddy was a loyal companion on many long Kawasaki Mule rides. Danny was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 18th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Neil Stewart, minister of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 11am. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society or the Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.

 

Steven Ray Owens, 70, of Hanover passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Richwood Nursing Center in LaGrange, Kentucky. He was born in Bedford, Indiana on December 10, 1950 the son of Clarence and Maudie Arthur Owens. He was married to Carol Sue Furlow on June 27, 1991 and she preceded him in death on February 18, 2019. Survivors include one son Paul (Bridgett) Owens of Bedford; one daughter Sarah (Adam) Coleman of North Vernon; two step-sons Chad George of Hanover and Christopher George of Holton; grandchildren Kadesia and Javan Owens, and Luke and Chrisanna Coleman; two step-grandchildren; two brothers Orin Wayne (Sandra) Owens of Springville and Estell Owens of Mitchell;  one sister Barbara (Lonnie) Jones of Bedford. He was also preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Ava Coleman, step-son Justin Dale George, his brother Robert Dale Owens, and his sisters Myrna Jewell and Patricia Owens. Mr. Owens worked for many years as a mechanic for the CSX Railroad, retiring in 1998. Steven was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Amphibian Engineer Corp from 1971 to 1974. For service to his country Steven received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and was qualified as a sharpshooter. He loved to attend auctions, hunt mushrooms, and was well known in the area as the “fruit and vegetable man.” Steven’s wishes were to be cremated and a graveside service will be held on Monday, March 22nd at 2pm at the New Marion Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Madison American Legion. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. 

 

Betty J. Grossman, 93, of Indianapolis, formerly of the Hopewell community passed away at 9:15am, Monday, March 8, 2021 at the home of her grandson in Indianapolis. She was born near Fairland in Shelby County, Indiana on November 20, 1927 the daughter of Ersel and Ila Walton Hoover. She was married to Ernie Grossman on March 20, 1946 and he preceded her in death on November 23, 2003. Survivors include two sons Ronnie Grossman of Holton and Rick (Emily) Grossman of Clay City; two daughters Melody Peugh of Shelbyville and Marcia (Todd) Calhoun of Alexandria, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; one brother Donnie Hoover of Batesville; one sister Letitia (Bob) Cox of Clinton, Illinois; sister-in-law Rosalie Hoover of Mooresville.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Johnnie (Butch) Peugh, her brothers Wayne and Norman Hoover, and her sisters Grace Barhorst and Helen Young. Betty and Ernie were very active in local Republican politics. She was a former Ripley County deputy assessor and had served two terms as Ripley County Recorder. She also had worked in the cafeteria of the Holton School. Betty was known in the community for her musical talents. She could play the guitar, banjo, piano, and the Dobro. Along with playing she was also a wonderful singer and was a founding member of the Ripley County Harmonettes. Betty was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church for over 70 years where she participated in many programs including music and helping with VBS. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 12th at 2pm at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday at the church beginning at 12pm. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Douglas Allen Estell, 33, of New Marion passed away at 8:30am, Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Madison on June 9, 1987 the son of Rick Estell and Celestine Walker. Survivors include his father Rick Estell of New Marion; mother Celestine (John) Earl of Charlotte, North Carolina; Doug’s fiancé Angela Ciarrochi; two daughters Cherish and Savannah Cassidy of Versailles; three sons Dominic Cassidy, and Aiden and Blaiz Estell of Versailles; one brother Robert Courtney of Louisville; three sisters Amanda Thompson of Milan, Angie Estell of Madison, and Sarah Fouch of Madison, and a special niece Whitney Stoneking.  Doug was a former employee of Tire Mart in Batesville where he worked as a mechanic. He enjoyed his motorcycles and working with his radio systems. Funeral services will be held at 12pm Thursday, March 11 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 10am. Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home for Doug’s children

 

Marion L. Fancher, Sr., 84, of Milan passed away at 10:50pm, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Vevay on October 22, 1936 the son of Guy and Katherine Webb Fancher. He was married to Wilma Thomas on July 1, 1967 and his wife of 53 years survives. Other survivors include two sons Marion Jr. (Heather) of Louisiana and Kenny Fancher of Hebron, Kentucky; two daughters Patricia (Steve) Bonapfel of Melbourne, Kentucky and Brenda (Randy) Haines of Loveland, Ohio; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother Bob Hudson of Aurora. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Mr. Fancher was a former employee of Aurora Casket Company. He also was a truck driver for several years driving for Baylor Trucking, TNT Enterprises, and Aikins Trucking in Osgood. He spent 28 years as a loader operator for the Martin-Marietta Quarry in Harrison and went a span of 20 years in which he only missed one day of work. He enjoyed his family and witnessing for the Lord was a priority in his life. Marion was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 12th at 11am at the Hope Baptist Church near Dillsboro with Evangelist Phil Gabbard and Pastor John Young officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be on Thursday at the church from 6pm to 8pm and from 10am until time of services Friday. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Thomas Noel Gray, 55, of Milan, passed away at 1:35am, Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Lawrenceburg on November 14, 1965 the son Gene and Marilyn Bales Gray. He married Kathy Brewington on January 4, 1993, and she survives. He was raised in the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship and later attended the Versailles Baptist Church. Tom graduated from South Ripley High School in 1984. He joined the Marines after graduation until 1988 when he began working at Hill-Rom, then later at Valeo. He and his wife Kathy own and operate the Gooseberry Flower Shop in Versailles. Other survivors include sons Thomas (Meghan), Garrett (Bayleigh), and Jacob all of Milan: one daughter Becca Gray of Milan, father and mother-in-law Bob and Jeanette Brewington of Milan; two grandchildren Remington and Peyton; his mother Marilyn (Bales) Hunt of Versailles; special dear friends Annie and Brandon Knueven, three sisters Traci (Dwight) Bauman, Terri (Brian) Benning, and Toni (Winston) Halcomb all of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his father, his grandson Nolan Robert Gray, and brother in law Robert “Bobby” Brewington. Tom was proud of serving in the Marines, loved farming with his sons and father in law, and was a hard core Purdue Boiler Fan. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 10:30 am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Forrest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 at the funeral home. Memorials can be given to the Delaware Volunteer Fire Department or the  Forrest Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Gary J. Singleton, 63, of Osgood passed away at 3am, Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Seymour on April 7, 1957 the son of Luther and Mary Arrowood Singleton. Survivors include three sisters Sandra Biehle of Commiskey, Connie (Norman) Kappes of Osgood, and Pat Schneider of Batesville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son John Paul Ackerman, his brothers James, Paul, Allan, and Bill Singleton, and his sister Delores Wright. Gary attended school at Holton, spent several years in Florida, and had also lived in North Vernon. He was a former employee of the Jefferson Proving Ground and Banner Distribution. The past several years he was employed at Schneider’s Scrap Metal in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Osgood Food Pantry in care of the funeral home.

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Jane Hance, age 92, of Rexville, passed away Thursday morning, February 18, 2021, at her residence. She was born January 26, 1929, in Brooksburg, Indiana, a daughter of the late Thomas and Opal Christman Hamilton. She graduated from New Marion High School in 1946 and married John William Hance on December 21, 1948. They were married for 44 years until John’s passing in 1993. They raised 3 loving children, Brenda, William (Bill), and Cathy. She was a strong woman of faith and attended Shelby Christian Church. Jane resided in Rexville for 72 years and owned and operated Hance’s Grocery for 39 years. Those who traveled Highway 421 were always treated with a smile, great conversation, and great sandwiches when stopping in at “the store.  Jane, lovingly known as “Granny”, to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was a fixture in her family’s lives. She was always on the move attending ballgames, horse shows, school functions, birthday parties, and a lot of the time she was just stopping by to visit and to make sure her family was always taken care of and supported. She is fondly remembered by her grandchildren for her many uses of her favorite cure-all vinegar, fishing with cane poles back at the lake, driving lessons in the old jeep, her funny but wise sayings, and most of all her unfailing love and support.  Jane will be missed by her loving daughters: Brenda Hance of Versailles and Cathy Hance of Salem; Daughter-in-law Marilyn (Elliott) Hance of Rexville; Her brother David (Donna) Hamilton of Rexville; 6 grandchildren, Michelle Hance (Cliff) Brock of Brownstown, Sherry Hance (Casey) Bright of Greensburg, Matt (Kristy) Werner of Rexville, Lindsey Hance (Craig) Hostetler of Rexville, Jenna Werner (Eddie) Zeigenbein of Campbellsburg, and Jacob (Ashley) Werner of Rexville; 13 Great grandchildren, Chase and Claire Brock, Payton Bright, Kylie Werner, Kaylee Werner, Kaleb Werner, Trigg and Hayze Hostetler, Elynn and Natalie Zeigenbein, Aubrey Werner, Landon Werner, and Emily Werner; and several nieces. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Opal Christman Hamilton, her husband John William Hance, and her son William (Bill) Hance.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Heim officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 21st, from 4-6 p.m. at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Coffee Creek Conservation Club/Bill Hance Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Shelby Christian Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Janice Irene Gilpin, 83, of Versailles, Indiana, formally Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021.  She was born at Mt. Sinai on February 25, 1937, the daughter of Raymond & Irene Peak.  She was married to Marvin J. Gilpin, Sr. on September 10, 1954 and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2007.  Survivors include her living partner, Gene Hafft, two sons, Marvin J. “Jerry” (Natalie) Gilpin of Rifle, Colorado and Michael (Ann) Gilpin, Lakeland, Georgia, one daughter, Marsha (Jim) Bowker of Augusta, Michigan. one daughter-in-law, Michelle Gilpin of Three Rivers, MI, one sister, Joyce (Standley)Taylor of Versailles.  Nine grandchildren, Bryan Gilpin, Versailles, Staci Gilpin Trapp, Cincinnati, OH, John Gilpin, Rockport, TX, Olivia Gilpin, Ft. Collins, CO, Jessie Gilpin McClain, MI, Allison Gilpin Crull MI, Emily Gilpin, MI, Marie Dennett MI, Scott Bowker, MI.  Nine great grandchildren, Kaidyn Gilpin, Eli Gilpin, Ellie Trapp, Ethan Trapp, Drew McClain, Brayden McClain, Will Dennett, Ava Dennett, Gavin Gilpin Dovey and two more expected early summer. Janice went to Versailles High School, married Marvin and was a homemaker and mother.  She loved when the grandchildren visited their home to swim, fish, ride in the golfcart and play.  She loved cooking for the whole family and made the most delectable pies.  She enjoyed doing puzzles and reading magazines.  She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and had many friends she talked with by phone. Services will be held at the families convenience.

 

Harley M. Roark, 76, of Holton passed away at 4:30am, Monday, February 15, 2021 at his home. He was born near Linefork in Letcher County, Kentucky on September 2, 1944 the son of Lue and Arnie Caudill Roark. He was married to Mildred Hamilton on September 24, 1965 and his wife of 55 years survives. Other survivors include two daughters Glynna (James Stamper) Halcomb of Whitesburg, Kentucky and Susie (Todd) Starkey of Milan; five grandchildren Harley (Charlotte) Halcomb of Linefork, Winston (Toni) Halcomb of Versailles, Matt (Kelsey) McConnell of Deputy, Ashley (Justin) Patrick of Versailles, and Jessica Starkey of Milan; 8 great-grandchildren; four brothers John (Linda) Roark of North Vernon, Joe (Debbie) Roark of Osgood, Jim (Dana) Roark of Holton, and Mark (Teresa) Roark of Linefork; four sisters Bonnie (Bo) Kieffer of Holton, Tina (Jim) Wingate of Canaan, Bonita Halcomb of Linefork, and Martha Hammons of Canaan, along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughters Lisa Roark McConnell, and Janet Roark, and his sisters Lola Wood, Anna Mae Ahaus, Dana Craig, Ola Simon, Eula Sizemore, Thelma Osborne, and Georgia Sparks.  Harley’s working career spanned many years with employment at Rumpke’s in Batesville, the Ripley County Highway Department, and Seever’s Landfill in Milan.He also worked as a lumberjack and had operated a filling station in Holton and also a Phillips 66 station in Vevay. He had on the side worked as a self-employed carpenter, plumber, and mechanic. He immensely enjoyed the closeness of his large family along with hunting, fishing, and a good game of cards. Harley attended the Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church near Sunman. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Little Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Glen Bush, 92, of Holton passed away at 1:40am, Monday, February 15, 2021 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. He was born in Middletown, Ohio on November 12, 1928 the son of William and Dolly Alexandria Bush. He was married to Martha Tyler on March 18, 1951 and she preceded him in death on September 28, 2009. Survivors include five sons Don (Sandra) Bush of Versailles, Glen David (Sheryl) Bush of Indianapolis, William (Joyce) Bush of Holton, Hugh Michael (Patty) Bush of Cross Plains, and Martin (Tammy) Bush of Sunman; one daughter Denise (Rick Smith) Jesse of Holton; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Bill, Kenneth, and Tom Bush. Mr. Bush was a former truck driver and also worked for Consolidated Metals in Cincinnati. He retired from Tousley Bixler Construction Company in Indianapolis. Glen was an accomplished mechanic and was the neighbor who could fix your lawn mower, weed eater, car, or tractor. He specialized in the old Volkswagon beetles and once had a lady in California ship her VW to Holton for Glen to repair. He also enjoyed collecting die caste tractors and cars.

 

Phillip E. Gates, 83, of Olean passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Muncie on July 10, 1937 the son of Harold and Florence McDonald Gates. He was married to Sharon Sue Voiles on September 4, 1970 and his wife of 50 year survives. Other survivors include two sons Terry (Ruby) Gates of Denver, Colorado, and Larry Gates of Muncie; one daughter Jill (Kevin) McCutchens of Houston, Texas; two step-sons Tom (Ida) Stark  and Steven (Mary) Stark both of Muncie; one step-daughter Traci (Bob) Haase of Manistee, Michigan; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one sister Sharon (Wayman) Barlow of Muncie. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-son Russ Stark, and his brother Frank. Mr. Gates worked for Pepsi-Cola in Muncie for 19 years as a bottle manager. Upon he and Sharon’s move to Olean he worked for US Shoe in Osgood and also for Carl Dyer’s Moccasins in Friendship for 17 years. Phil was a master builder and mechanic, having restored 13 Model A Fords over the years and he had also built muzzle loading rifles. Several championships at the NMLRA in Friendship had been won with guns Phil had built. He also enjoyed hunting and trapping. Phil was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship and the NMLRA. Phil’s wishes were to be cremated and their will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Floyd G. Asche, 84, of Delaware passed away at 6am, Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his home. He was born near Delaware on March 11, 1936 the son of Charles and Esther Raney Asche. He was married to Christina Rose on September 12, 1957 and she preceded him in death on April 12, 2015. Survivors include one son Gayle (Jennifer) Asche of Benham; two daughters Carol (Mark) Owens of Osgood and Barbara (Dana) Hotko of Delaware; eight grandchildren Trevor (Jenny) Asche of Dillsboro, Tyler (Ashley) Asche of Rexville, Adam (Alisha) Eadens and Dylan (Amber) Eadens both of Delaware, Elijah (Kelly) Eadens of Dillsboro, Johnny Owens of Greensburg, Josh (Jessica) Owens of Hamilton, Ohio, and Jeremy (Jessica) Owens of Osgood; 17 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gerald, Hershel, Clarence, Carl, Leroy, Robert, and Gene Asche, and his sisters Goldie Richter, Clara Felix, and Sylvia Spurr. Mr. Asche was a former employee of INDOT where he worked as an inspector and retired after 40 years with IBEW Local 1393.

 

Zola Mae Sporleder, 95, of Butlerville passed away at 1pm, Thursday, February 4, 2021 at her home. She was born in Moores Hill on August 9, 1925 the daughter of Eber L. and Cora Opal Meehan Stroup. She was married to Elmer Sporleder on December 1, 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 15, 2004. Survivors include one son Joseph (Sandra) Sporleder of Butlerville; three daughters Bonita (Johnny) Hopkins of Indianapolis, Cathy (Dan) Meisberger of Holton, and Pam (Mason) Simmons of North Vernon; two sisters including Mae’s twin Mary Lewellen of Scipio, and Helen Poling of North Vernon; 10 grandchildren Karen (Kelly) Gaskill, Jessica Hopkins, and Ray Hopkins all of Indianapolis, Deanna (Ryan) Erny of Jasper, Adam (Amy) Meisberger of Reva, Virginia, Matthew (Andrea) Meisberger of Holton, Megan (Adam) Jines of Princeton, Jonathan (Dawn) Simmons of Seymour, Adriane Sporleder of Butlerville, and Patrick Sporleder of Salem, MA; 16 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Dorothy Smith and Grace Tomlinson, and her brother Eber Stroup, Jr.  Mrs. Sporleder was a 1943 graduate of Zenas High School. After graduation she went to work for Arvins in Columbus for a few years and then became a homemaker and helped Elmer on the farm. She loved spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, embroidering, and working puzzle books. Mae was a faithful member of the Zenas Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8th at 10:30am at the Zenas Baptist Church with Pastor Mitch Harrell officiating. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Zenas Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Melba M. Thompson, 84, of Versailles passed away at 1:10am, Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. She was born near Versailles on April 12, 1936 the daughter of Durward and Leona Waters Aikins. She was married to Everett Thompson on June 11, 1955 and he preceded her in death on December 22, 2020. Survivors include one son Kevin (Kay McCammon) of Versailles; one daughter Connie Jo (Jon) Martin of Greensburg; four grandchildren Mandy (Micah) Lohrum of Greensburg, Amber (Terry) Jesse of Lawrenceburg, Andrew Martin of Greensburg, and JoBeth Martin of Cincinnati; five great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Charles Aikins and Ray Aikins, and her sisters Ruth Semon and an infant sister Norma. Mrs. Thompson was a 1954 graduate of Versailles High School. In her younger years Melba worked at the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood where she met her future husband. Her main career was with the US Postal Service where she worked at the Versailles Post Office. Her career there spanned over 30 years and she was eventually named postmaster. Melba was a lifelong member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church where she served in several capacities including being the church pianist and organist for over 60 years. She was also a member of the OES chapter 333 for over 50 years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 11am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church with Rev. Becky Pohle officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and also from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. Eastern Star services will be on Friday at 6:45pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Eastern Star or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Nina Joan Ruble, 88, of Versailles passed away at 4:45am, Monday, February 1, 2021 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Versailles on  May 20, 1932 the daughter of Everett and Helen Handlon Hafft. She was married to Raymond  Ruble and he preceded her in death on February 11, 1986. Survivors include two sons Raymond “Peach” (Linda) Ruble, Jr. of Greensburg and Tony (Dionne Spears) Ruble of Moores Hill; five daughters Joyce (Denny Wood) Franklin of Milan, Janet (Mert) Myers of Versailles, Joan Deal of Mishawaka, Sheila Ruble of Indianapolis, and Anita (Ray) Strack of Union, Kentucky; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Corine Ruble of Georgetown, Texas; two brothers Gene (Janice Gilpin) Hafft of Versailles and Ronald Hafft of Bloomington. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Phyllis, her son Mark and her granddaughter Sarah Ruble. Mrs. Ruble attended New Marion High School. She was a former employee of Berkel Electronics in Versailles and retired from Reliance Electric in Madison in 2002. Nina enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, quilting, bowling, and also found time to do babysitting in her home, but her mainstay in life was her family. She cherished her time with them and even with her busy life she found time to make quilts for her grandchildren. Nina was a member of the St. Magdalene Catholic Church in New Marion and upon its closure became a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. She was also a member of the Ripley County Red Hatters. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the St. Magdalene Cemetery at Madison. Memorials may be given to the St. Magdalene Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

James E. Evans, 80, of Versailles passed away at 2:15pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at his home. He was born in Batesville on June 4, 1940 the son of Ralph and Mabel Keith Evans. He was married to Arlene Hoeferkamp on August 24, 1958 and his wife of 62 years survives. Other survivors include three daughters Marla Luke of Milan, Kim (Vance) Furnish of Greensburg, and Susan (Duane) Webster of South Bend; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother Ron (Pam) Evans of Seymour. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Evans was a 1958 graduate of Versailles High School. In his early years Jim worked for Elvan Akers at the Shell station in Versailles. He then worked for 38 years as a dispatcher for the Indiana State Police in Versailles, retiring in 2002. Jim was a member of the Bridge of Hope Church. Jim’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 6 at the Bridge of Hope Church with Pastor Doug Norman officiating. Calling for friends will be held an hour prior to the service beginning at 1pm. Memorials may be given to the church’s food pantry, Greves Missionaries, or CEF in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Bessie Phillips, 94, of Versailles, formerly of Delaware passed away at 4pm, Monday, February 1, 2021 at the home of her daughter near Osgood. She was born in West Harrison, Indiana on April 7, 1926 the daughter of Edward and Margretta Bourquein Stokes. She was married to James Phillips and he preceded her in death. Survivors include four daughters Hope Asche of Versailles, Ruth (Mike) Raymer of Anderson, Jamie (Jerry) Gambrel of Crothersville, and Tamie (Bill) Vornheder of Osgood; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Kenneth Beard, daughter Mary Margaret Beard, her sisters Jeanette Heinzelman and Florence Kennett, and her brothers Herman, Rolla, John, and Herbert Stokes. Bessie was a former employee of the Milan Tavern, Milan Furniture Factory, and Mr. Fred’s in Osgood. She enjoyed her garden and tending to her flowers, and would do karaoke when the opportunity presented itself. Bessie attended the Washington Baptist Church and the Delaware United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 4th at 11:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bessie’s son-in-law Jerry Gambrel officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 10:30am. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

 

Joyce M. Vars, 70, of Versailles, formerly of Billings, Montana, passed away at 7:10am, Friday, January 29, 2021 at the home of her daughter south of Versailles. She was born in Cody, Wyoming on June 14, 1950 the daughter of Robert and Alice Elliott Treat. Survivors include two sons Lance (Melissa) Adamy of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Shane (Heather) Whipple of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one daughter Leanne (Ben) Lengerich of Versailles; two brothers Richard Treat of Dallas, Texas, and Dennis (Katherine) Treat of Billings, Montana; one sister Linda (Lee) Thrasher of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Vars was a 1968 graduate of Billings West High School and attended the York Christian College in York, Nebraska. She worked as a seamstress for Dillard’s Department Store in several locations for many years. Joyce was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Joyce’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Richard G. Hutter, 86, of Benham passed away at 7am, Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at The Waters of Dillsboro Manor. He was born in Peru, Indiana on November 16, 1934 the son of Arthur and Pauline Bender Hutter. He was married to Luciel Harper on September 1, 1960 and his wife of 60 years survives. Other survivors include one son Robert Rogers of Rancho Mirage, California;  four daughters Faith (Leo) Broerman of Cincinnati, Laura (Lonnie) Jester of Madison, Nancy (Gary) Bradburn of Brookville, and Joyce (Gerald) Steele of Davenport, Florida; 14 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; one brother Paul Hutter of Versailles; three sisters Marian McKittrick of Versailles, and Gertrude Hutter and Clara Goldschmidt both of Ocala, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Richard Paul Hutter, brothers Arthur and Robert Hutter, and his sisters Pauline Hutter and Laura Coldren. Mr. Hutter was a 1953 graduate of Versailles High School. On November 18, 1953 he enlisted in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Richard attained the rank of Sp 3 and served with the 1st Infantry Division. For service to his country Richard received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. He was discharged from the service on November 16, 1956. In civilian life he was a truck driver for Glen Morris in Versailles, worked in the machine shop at Cummins in Columbus for 30 years, and retired from Holset in Madison where he worked on the assembly line. Richard enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and travel. He and Luciel’s travels took them to nearly every state in the Continental United States and far from home as the North Pole. Richard was a member of the Concord Wesleyan Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Jerry Vandervort of the Concord Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Foundation or the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Erlene K. Meisberger, 87, of Holton passed away at 9:45pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born in Holton on July 2, 1933 the daughter of Orel J. and Maude Beach Montgomery. She was married to Junior Meisberger on June 18, 1951 and he preceded her in death on December 14, 1990. Survivors include two sons Dan (Cathy) Meisberger of Holton and Darrell (Cathy) Meisberger of Rising Sun; one daughter Debbie Schmaltz of Versailles; 8 grandchildren Deanna (Ryan) Erny of Jasper, Adam (Amy) Meisberger of Reva, Virginia, Matt (Andrea) Meisberger of Holton, Crystal (Alan) Welch, Shannon (Stacey) Schmaltz, and Keith (Beth) Schmaltz all of Versailles, Michelle Meisberger Imel of Greensburg, and Shawn (Miranda) Meisberger of New Castle; 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Barry Schmaltz, her sister Maxine Workman, and her brother-in-law Dewey Workman. Mrs. Meisberger was a 1951 graduate of Holton High School. Her working career spanned 40 years having employment with attorney Amos Jackson in Versailles, Vines in Osgood, Muscatatuck State Hospital, and 30 years with US Shoe in Osgood, retiring from there in 1991. Erlene enjoyed reading, sending cards, tending to her plants and garden, cheering for the Cincinnati Reds, and supporting her grandchildren that were playing for the South Ripley Raiders. She also helped with the Holton Jamboree for several years. Erlene always had a smile for everyone and always looked for the good in folks, never meeting a stranger. She was the rock for her family whom she loved very much. She was a lifelong member of the Holton Christian Church where she had served as church treasurer, Sunday school pianist, choir director, Sunday school teacher, greeter, participated in the Mother’s class, and was a stalwart prayer warrior. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 12pm at the Holton Christian Church with Pastor Bob McCreary officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church on Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Kristina Mahalia (Asche) Jones, 36, of Holton, IN passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was born in Madison, IN on October 30,1984 and was married to Adam Jones on October 17, 2009 and he survives. She was a 2004 graduate of South Ripley High School and was a very compassionate licensed QMA health care worker who loved caring for the elderly; formerly employed at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood and Aspen Place in Greensburg.  Kristina loved planting flowers in her garden, making crafts, being in nature collecting rocks, arrowheads, ginseng, and mushrooms.  She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and niece. Most of all her kids meant the world to her and she loved them dearly.  Kristina was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church and also attended the Holton Christian Church and the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church.  Others surviving are her daughter Lilly Mahalia Jones; her son Jaxen Travis Marshall Jones; her father Alois (Tina) Asche of Holton and her mother Ella (Bill) Meyer of Batesville; her brother Dustin (Sarah) Asche of Holton; sister Heather (Jon) Humphries of Versailles; step-brothers Dustin, Eric (Tiffany), and Derrick Wade, and Jeremy (Kim) Back; father-in-law Marty Jones, brother-in-law Tom (Jamie) Jones, sisters-in-law Kelly (Joel) Carter, Jenny (Trevor) Asche, nieces and nephews Autumn, Layla, Kaiden, Kali, Konnor, Kaiya, Audrey, Hunter, Bryce, Allie, Evelyn, Grady, Dylan, Brayden, Kylie, Landen, Blake, Preston, and Brigham; uncles and aunts Jerry (Dosha) Asche of Holton, Sue (Omar) Bradley of Holton, Bobbie Poynter of Barboursville, Kentucky, and Eva (Jeff) Byard of Versailles and many, many cousins who she loved. Leroy Comer of Osgood and his late wife Louise were Kristina’s adopted grandparents. She was preceded in death by her sister Holly Laverne Asche, grandparents Fred and Alta (Geisler) Asche, Gilbert and Loretta (Jones) Goodall, aunt Carol (Goodall) Isaacs, uncle Gilbert Goodall Jr., and mother-in-law Paula (Hicks) Jones.

 

David Cizek, 50, of Versailles passed away at 5:40pm, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born in Chicago on June 8, 1970 the son of Norman and Florence Nicosia Cizek. Survivors include step-sisters Marge Martin of Versailles and Lucy Halvorsen of Huntley, Illinois; his nieces Debi Pavey of Dillsboro and Anna Stoeberl of Carol Stream, Illinois; also 8 great-nieces and nephews; he was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Cizek was attended Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois. David was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears and enjoyed doing puzzles and coloring. He was a resident of the Waters at Dillsboro and loved the staff and living there. David’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements

 

George Thomas Poole, 83, of Moores Hill, was called home to his creator and was reunited with his beloved wife of 50 years, Kay Poole, on January 12, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, IN. George was born in Ripley, Ohio, on September 30, 1937. He is the son of Mike and Mable (Howell) Poole. George married Kay Jett on November 14, 1964, in Ripley, Ohio. Kay preceded him in death on January 10, 2015. Survivors include one son, Derek Poole and his wife, Lindsay Poole, of Redondo Beach, California, his two grandchildren, Quincy Kay and Walker Joseph, one brother, Marion Poole, of Ripley, Ohio, and various nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and half-siblings.Mr. Poole was a 1955 graduate of Ripley High School, and he served his country in the Marines from 1955-1959. He was a retired Model Maker/Designer for Hill-Rom for 29 years and owner-operator of Accu-Form Plastics for 25 years. George loved spending time with his grandkids in person, either in Indiana or California, and seeing them on FaceTime as much as possible! When he wasn't with family, he enjoyed spending time with his loving and loyal friends and was an active member of the Moores Hill Church of Christ. George filled his time watching high school basketball/football, taking care of his land and animals, cooking barbecue, and making funnel cakes for the community.  George was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed in his close-knit community. George’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services at this time. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Kenneth J. Clemons, 84, of Versailles passed away at 9:40am, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Madison on February 24, 1936 the son of Elbert and Frances Jackson Clemons. He was married to Jean Holman on June 21, 1971 and she preceded him in death on December 30, 2011. Survivors include one son Bob (Courtney) Clemons of Osgood; one daughter Mary Frances (Robert) Creazzo of Fountaintown. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Clemons was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School and was an Army veteran. He was a former mail carrier in Vevay and for several years he and Jean delivered the Indianapolis Star and News in the Versailles area. Kenny was a former columnist for the Versailles Republican with his weekly sports column Splinters and for several years was the driver examiner for the local BMV branch. He was also a former little league coach in Versailles and was active in local Republican politics. Kenny was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 15th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Activities Fund at the Manderley Health Care Center in care of the funeral home.

 

Charles E. Baurley, 77, of Versailles passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at home near Rexville on  March 19, 1943 the son of William and Eva Gigerich Baurley. He was married to Lynn Geisler on October 14, 1967 and his wife of 53 years survives. Other survivors include three daughters Tammy (Chris) Linville of Osgood, Amy (Edward) Rodriguez, and Lisa Baurley both of Versailles; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers Robert (Bernie) Baurley of Versailles and Ray (Linda) Baurley of Milan; one sister Doris (Ed) Korte of Clarksville; his mother-in-law Joan Geisler of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son John, brother George, and his sister Carol Ann Baurley. Mr. Baurley was a 1961 graduate of New Marion High School. He received his BS degree in education from Hanover College in 1965 and his Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1969. He began his teaching career at New Marion High School where he taught for one year and coached basketball. He then spent the next 39 years teaching business at South Ripley and in the early years did some junior varsity coaching as well. For most of the community he was simply “Mr. Baurley”, a very respected member of the teaching community. After school, he enjoyed his farm and his cattle and always found time for his favorite hobbies of fishing and hunting. Charles was a lifelong member of the St. Magdalene Catholic Church in New Marion and upon its closing became a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am, Thursday, January 14th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison. Burial will be in the St. Magdalene Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Magdalene Cemetery or the South Ripley Classroom Teachers Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert H. “Barney” Bales, 72, of Friendship passed away at 7:45pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on August 2, 1948 the son of Charles and Geneva McClain Bales. Survivors include two sisters Marilyn Hunt of Versailles and Kathern Meyer of Sunman along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his great-great nephew Nolan Gray, and his brothers-in-law Gene Gray and Jerry Meyer. Barney was in the last graduating class of Cross Plains High School in 1966. He enlisted in the US Navy on December 7, 1967 and served on the USS Northampton. He received the National Defense Service Medal for his military service and was discharged on October 1, 1969. He was a former resident of Goodlettsville, Tennessee where he worked in the Tappan factory. When he returned to Ripley County he worked as district one foreman with the Ripley County Highway Department. On the weekends he enjoyed working with and setting up for the Centerline Band. Barney was a former member of the Friendship Fire Department. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 8th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Dale Bell, 90, of Versailles passed away at 2:20am, Friday, January 1, 2021 at Thornton Terrace in Hanover. She was born at Cody in Knott County, Kentucky on August 9, 1930 the daughter of Harrison and Raney Blair Francis. She was married to Robert Bell on September 2, 1950 and he preceded her in death on March 16, 1984. Survivors include one son Ron (Sherrie) Bell of Taswell; one daughter Charlotte (Jeff) Logman of Versailles; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother Harrison (Alice) Francis, Jr. of Marion. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Coy, Hastel, Hubert, and Hobart Francis, and her sisters Donna Disney and Betty Francis. Mrs. Bell was a 1948 graduate of Milan High School and also attended beautician’s school in Columbus. Dale was a former employee of Seagram’s in Lawrenceburg and the Cross Plains State Bank. For several years she owned and operated Dale’s Beauty Shop in Cross Plains and also Dale’s Floral Designs. She also worked at the Versailles Super-Valu which she retired from in 1986. Dale enjoyed tending to her flowers and gardening. She founded Reaching Our Community’s Kids (ROCK) and for several years hosted Bible studies in her home. She was also active with the Good News Clubs through the South Ripley Elementary School. Dale was a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church where she taught Bible School, sang in the choir, and sponsored the MYF. Dale attended the Hope Baptist Church at Dillsboro and also the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 6th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with pastor Mark Zerkel of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Methodist Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Good News Clubs (CEF) in care of the funeral home.

 

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