Obituaries for Year 2020

 
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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.