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Donald L. Moellerloving husband and father of 3, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Donald was born in New Palestine, IN on February 1, 1934 the son of Raymond H. and Wilna Curry Moeller. He was married to Pauline Hernly on November 20, 1960 and together they raised one son, Mark, and two daughters, Marcilynn and Kathline. Donald was a 1952 graduate of New Palestine High School and continued on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Purdue University in 1956. He served two years in the United States Army in Germany.  He worked twenty three years as an FHA appraiser for the United States Department of Agriculture, and later as a real estate appraiser for local banks including the Ripley County Bank, the Vevay Deposit Bank, and the Napoleon State Bank. Donald was a licensed pilot, an avid reader, and a member of the Cornerstone Community Fellowship in Madison.  Donald is survived by his wife Pauline; one son Mark Moeller of Fairfax, Virginia; two daughters Marcilynn Moeller (David) Keys of Carmel, and Kathline Moeller (Jose) Cruz of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren Jessica Keys of Fishers, Rebecca Keys of Carmel, Benjamin Keys of Carmel, and Ella Cruz of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters Ellen Stillman of Wanamaker, Connie (Charles) Stamm of Ft. Mill, South Carolina, and Ina Ray (Trevor) Jones of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Donald's life will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and will be officiated by Dr. Scott Murphy of the Cornerstone Community Fellowship. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Samaritan's Purse or Life Choices of Madison in care of Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Dr. Marion T. Jackson, 85, of Terre Haute passed away at Brookdale of Ft. Wayne on Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was born near Versailles on August 19, 1933 the son of Marshall and Estelle Fox Jackson. He was married to Jaleh Jorjani on June 1, 1985 and she preceded him in death in June of 2016.  Survivors include two daughters Arshia Myers of Dayton, Ohio,and Grousha (Jason) Birkenbeul of Ft. Wayne; four granddaughters Elise and Libby Myers, and Mia and Claire Birkenbeul; also his sister-in-law Eva Fern Jackson of Versailles. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Willard, Kenneth, and Hubert Jackson, and his sisters Naomi Ruth Carter, Margaret Jobst, and Neva Rea. Mr. Jackson was a 1951 graduate of Versailles High School and began his working career at Coca-Cola in Ft. Wayne in June of 1951. He served with the US Naval Reserve from 1953 to 1955 aboard the USS Currituck, a seaplane tender based at Norfolk, Virginia. In 1955 he was employed in Ft. Wayne as a Technical Writer in the Talos ground-to-air missile program at the Farnsworth Electronics Company. He received his B.S. degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from Purdue University in 1961 and received his PhD degree in Plant Ecology from Purdue in 1964. He was a former professor at Moorhead State University and in September of 1964 began a 37 year career at Indiana State University in Terre Haute as a professor in the Life Science department, also teaching part time at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute. Mr. Jackson authored two books including The Natural Heritage of Indiana and also Indiana Trees, in an effort to protect the state’s natural heritage and biodiversity. He also spent many summers working for the US Forest Service in Idaho, the National Park Service in Oregon, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. Other accomplishments in Mr. Jackson’s career included being editor and president for the Indiana Academy of Science, president of the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, president of the Wabash Valley Audubon Society, and serving on the Board of Trustees of the Natural Areas Association.  He was also named Conservationist of the Year in 2017 by the Ouabache Land Conservancy. Funeral services for Mr. Jackson will be held on Friday, February 15th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Jeff Stratton officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 1pm. Memorial contributions may be given to ACRES Land Trust or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home. A memorial service for Mr. Jackson will also be held on Saturday, February 16th at 1pm at the Debaun Funeral Home, 85 East Springhill Drive in Terre Haute.

 

Mary Susan Smith, 61, of Butlerville passed away at 12:08am, Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 7, 1958 the daughter of Charles and Bertie Witt Bunch. She was married to Joel Smith on March 7, 1987 and he survives. Other survivors include her father Charles Bunch of Seven Mile, Ohio; one son Joel (Aimee) Smith, Jr. of Greensburg; one daughter Amanda (Adam) Franklin of Holton; two grandchildren; one brother Charles Bunch of Seven Mile, Ohio; three sisters Donna Walls of Versailles, Patty Saunders of Seymour, and Sherri Cox of North Vernon. She was preceded in death by her mother and her brother Tommy Bunch. Mrs. Smith was a 1977 graduate of Ross (Ohio) High School. She was a homemaker and a long time employee of Defender Home Security in Batesville. She was also a former employee of Ohio Rod in Versailles. Mary Susan was a member of the Dillsboro Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 11am at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Visitation will begin at 10am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Donna J. Fletcher, 75, of Rexville passed away at 8:30am, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on April 6, 1943 the daughter of Ralph and Blanche Oden. She was married to William Fletcher on May 7, 1979 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Kenneth Schorle of Cincinnati, and Anthony Schorle of Versailles; one daughter Peggy Schorle of Batesville; one step-son Richard Fletcher of Madison; one step-daughter Michelle (Kim) Johnson of Cincinnati. 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Donna was a homemaker. Donna’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles was in charge of arrangements.

 

William “Bill” Westmeier, 66, of Versailles passed away at 6:15am, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his home. He was born at Milan on March 21, 1952 the son of Aaron and Geneva Kieffer Westmeier. He was married to Mary Ann Strunck on April 24, 2004 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Aaron Westmeier of Versailles; step-son Vincent (Jessica) Kieffer of Versailles; step-daughter Vanessa Kieffer of Versailles; grandchildren Evan, Lilly, Alex, Abby, Devin, Anna Rae, and Jacob; two sisters Linda (Terry) Hillman of Connersville, and Patricia (Paul) Reese of Milan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Clarissa Lee Westemeier. Mr. Westmeier was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a 30 year employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus where he worked in various positions. After his retirement from Cummins Bill worked in maintenance for the Waters of Dillsboro, but his favorite job was being a farmer like his father was. Bill was always of a kind heart and gentle soul and some of his favorite things were watching the Three Stooges, playing euchre, and spending time with his family. Bill was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Curtis Black officiating. 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 Special Olympics in care of the funeral home.

 

Louise A. Miller, 81, of Osgood passed away at 1:25pm, Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Jackson, Ohio on October 2, 1937 the daughter of Sollie and Virginia Tracey Miller. Survivors include her sister-in-law Georgia Miller Moore of Osgood, her nephews Ron (Regina) Miller of Milan and Rick (Ann) Miller of Bright; her niece Beverly (Wayne) Miller of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Sollie Miller, Jr., her nephew Sollie Newton Miller, and her step-brother Conrad Miller. Louise was disabled and worked at New Horizons in Batesville. She had been a resident at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood since 2005 and the staff and residents there became her adopted family. Louise, or “Weezy” as she was known to everyone at Manderley, enjoyed playing bingo, pok-e-no, 500 rummy, and listening to Elvis. When she was able Louise enjoyed attending the Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church. Funeral services for Louise will be held on Sunday, January 20th at 3pm at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood with visitation beginning at 2pm. Burial will be in the Little Memory Cemetery near Sunman. Memorials may be given to the activities fund at the Manderley Health Care Center in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Wanda G. Gray, 77, of Versailles passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at her home. She was born near Olean on May 31, 1941 the daughter of Gilbert and Evelyn Lane Gray. Survivors include one son James Simmons of Holton; two daughters Susan Whitham of Madison, and Sandy (Grant) Brown of Olean; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; three brothers Glen Gray of Milan, Robert (Linda) Gray of Versailles, and Ronald (Linda) Gray of Farmers Retreat; two sisters Janice (Wayne) Linkmeyer of Cross Plains, and Marilyn Hope Gray of Olean. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons Randall Scott and Kenneth Simmons, and her brothers Gene, Gary, and John Gray. Ms. Gray was a 1959 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She was a former employee of Grote in Madison and was the former owner-operator of the Friendship Tavern. She also did painting and wallpapering in the community and had spent seven years living in Ft. Meyers Beach, Florida. For hobbies Wanda enjoyed going to yard sales and flea markets, and quilting. Wanda was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 21st at 10:30am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm 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 Bear Creek Baptist Church or to Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Myrtle Conover, 76, of Rexville passed away at 9:45pm, Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born near Bryantsburg in Jefferson County on August 21, 1942 the daughter of James Cecil and Alta Banks Campbell. She was married to Alva Conover on November 17, 1963 and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1997. Survivors include one son Lee (Anna) Conover of Hanover; two daughters Twila (Thomas Goeft) Hammond of Versailles, and Monica (Phillip) Durham of Milton, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one brother James Campbell of Salem; one sister Mary (Richard) Black of Cross Plains. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Conover was a 1960 graduate of New Marion High School and was a cheerleader for the Panther basketball team. She was a former employee of Western Union in Madison and also the Versailles State Park. She retired as a supervisor in 2002 after 40 years with Reliance Electric at Madison. Myrtle enjoyed playing euchre, dominoes, and board games with her grandchildren. She also spent her time doing puzzles, crocheting, and enjoyed mowing her yard. Myrtle was a long time member of the Shelby Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 11am at the Shelby Christian Church with Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church in care of the funeral home.

 

James Wilkie Lemon was born February 7, 1926, in Friendship, In., and departed this life in Batesville, In. January 6, 2019. Jim was the son of Wilkie S. and Edna (Elrod) Lemon. He married Patricia Moran of Versailles, In. August 24, 1949, and she survives. Jim will also be missed by his daughter Evelyn Israel and husband Charles, sons James Lemon and wife Nan, and Tracy Lemon and wife Shirley. Jim was also blessed with 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Elsie Lemon, and sisters Carolyn Harms, Mary Chandler, and Elizabeth Hooton. As a child, Jim attended school in Friendship before graduating from Cross Plains High School, in the Class of 1944. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Army, being assigned to the 24th Infantry Division, and was deployed to the Philippines and participated in the Battle of Mindanao. After the liberation of Mindanao, he was destined for the Japanese mainland when victory was declared on VJ Day. His unit continued on, and was involved with the occupation of Japan. Jim was Honorably Discharged in November of 1946, with the rank of Staff Sargent. For his service to his country, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Jim returned to his family farm in Friendship, and started his young family, as well as his 55-year career at The Friendship State Bank, serving as its President & Cashier. He additionally served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for many years, retiring in 2014. As a young man, Jim enjoyed farming, playing fast pitch softball and basketball, quail hunting, and trap shooting. Later on, in addition to working at his cattle and sheep farm, he focused on attending his grandchildren’s many school and sporting events. He was also an avid Cincinnati Bengals, Reds, and IU basketball fan. Jim was a member of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Dept., Brown Township Post of the American Legion, Ripley County 40 & 8 Voiture 1047, Versailles Masonic Lodge, and Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite. He was inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame, and the NMLRA Black Powder Hall of Fame, for his contributions to the organization. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 11th at 1pm at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10th from 3pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 12pm until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County 40 & 8 nurses scholarship fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Mary E. Shockey, 92, of Versailles passed away at 3:40pm, Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Southpointe Health Center in Indianapolis. She was born near Elrod on September 18, 1926 the daughter of Raymond and Sylvia Roberts Boyd. She was married to Arnold Shockey on October 20, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1997. Survivors include one son Charles (Linda) Shockey of Indianapolis; two grandchildren Eric (Tammy) Shockey and Holly (Charles) Lindsey of Indianapolis; 9 great- grandchildren; one sister Fern Day of Richmond, Kentucky, and special friend Anita Morris of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Estell Boyd, and her sisters Edna Shockey and Irma Bavis. Mrs. Shockey was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. She was employed with the Amos Jackson Abstract Company in Versailles in 1953 and served as Ripley County Deputy Recorder from 1963 to 1970. In 1971 she became the co-owner of the Ripley County Abstract Company, a position she held until her retirement in 1997. Mary loved to cook for her family, especially baking at the holidays. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many Afghans as well as clothes for members of her family. Mary was a former member of the Busy Bees Home Economics Club at Elrod and was a long time member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Wednesday, January 9th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons of the Washington Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 12pm. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

April J. Miller, 62, of Sunman passed away at 6:15am, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born at Bedford on September 27, 1956 the daughter of Donnie and Susan Deckard Lee. Survivors include her mother Susan (Jim) Collins of Versailles; one daughter Michelle (Jacob) Campen of Moores Hill; grandchildren Faith Lynn Marsh and Jayden Campen; three brothers John (Colyn) York of Edinburgh, Don (Patricia) Lee of Bedford, and Timmy Collins of Osgood; one sister Frances York of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her father,  her brother Jay Daniel York, her sons Michael and Larry Thomas, and her daughter Melissa Graham. Ms. Miller was a former employee of KB Specialty Foods in Greensburg. April’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.