Obituaries for Year 2022
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Joyce Holzhause Wilson, 95, of Napoleon passed away at 9:50a.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born on the farm near Napoleon where she spent most of her life on September 25, 1926 the daughter of Clarence and Florence Siebert Holzhause. She was married to Leslie Wilson on March 18, 1949 and he preceded her in death on October 24, 2003. Survivors include her daughter-in-law Debbie Wilson of Osgood; two grand sons Jeff (Kelly) Wilson of Fishers and Steven Koehne of Fountaintown; two granddaughters Sherry Stagge of Carmel and Amber Maguire of Osgood; 8 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son David Wilson, her daughter Karen Koehne, and her sister Marjorie Matthews. Mrs. Wilson was a 1944 graduate of Napoleon High School. She spent her entire life in the Napoleon area except for two years during WWII where she worked for the IRS in Indianapolis. Leslie and Joyce farmed and opened Wilson’s Saw Shop at their home west of Napoleon in 1951, operating it until Leslie’s death in 2003. Joyce was a self-taught saw technician and was well known in the tri-state area for her expertise. She continued to sell Homelite saw parts online to customers around the country well past her 90th birthday. She enjoyed bowling in Greensburg and Versailles and actively participated in the Greensburg Senior Citizens Center as long as her health would allow. She was also an avid card player. Joyce was a lifelong member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 24 at 11am at the St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon with Pastor Martin Bornhoeft officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the church or the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.
Patricia A. Lohrum, 89, of Versailles passed away at 2:45pm, Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. Pat’s father operated a filling station in Cincinnati across from Coney Island and Pat was born there on March 17, 1932, the daughter of Alvier and Edna Lamb Steuer. She was married to Albert Lohrum on November 14, 1952, and he preceded her in death on March 31, 2006. Survivors include two sons Leslie (Christine) Lohrum and Lynn Lohrum both of Versailles; three grandchildren Jack, Sam, and Kelly Lohrum; one brother Richard Steuer of Versailles; one sister Linda Lauber of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Fred and John Steuer. Mrs. Lohrum was a 1950 graduate of Milan High School. She was a homemaker and had worked part time at the Spencer-Tyson Pharmacy in Versailles. Pat enjoyed collecting cookie jars and had amassed a collection of nearly 300, but her main joy in life came from doting on her grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 15 at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery in Elrod. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.
John W. Volz, 79, of Osgood passed away at 2:20p.m., Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Lookout on Sunday, April 19, 1942, the son of Paul and Annabelle Burkhart Volz. He was married to Theresa Schutte on June 15, 1963, and his wife of 58 years survives. Other survivors include six sons Jeff (Cathy) Volz of Osgood, Eric (Jenny Zapfe) Volz of Greensburg, Brian (Eva) Volz of Osgood, Mike (Susan) Volz of Fisherville, Kentucky, Shawn Volz of Napoleon, and Jason (Christi) Volz of Osgood; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother Andy (Carol) Volz of Batesville; two sisters Pauline (Don) Schmidt and Susie (James) Nichols both of Batesville; sister-in-law Roxanne Schneider of Batesville. He was preceded in death by his grandson Jack Thomas Volz, his parents and his brother Ron “Butch” Volz. Mr. Volz was a 1960 graduate of Napoleon High School where he played on the Bearcat basketball team. John was a farmer and his working career off the farm spanned many years. He was a former employee of Chris Volz Motors in Milan, Cummins Engine in Columbus, Hil-Rom in Batesville, and Standard Fertilizer in New Point. He and Theresa were both school bus drivers for the Jac-Cen-Del schools and John drove for 34 years. His hobbies included coon hunting, playing euchre and 500, pitching horseshoes, horseback riding, camping, and participating in the Comer Wagon Train on Labor Day. The Volz family also operated a large truck garden. John was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 13 at 10a.m. at St. Johns with Father John Meyer officiating. Burial will be in the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Batesville. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4p.m. to 7p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services beginning at 3:30p.m. Memorials may be given to the Osgood Fire Department or the St. John Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.
Lloyd L. Walsh, 77, of Versailles passed away at 9:40am, Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on November 29, 1944, the son of John Leslie and Ruth Brower Walsh. He was married to his high school sweetheart Bernice Pulley on October 13, 1961 and after 55 years of marriage she preceded him in death on August 31, 2016. Survivors include three daughters Lisa (John) Clark of Aurora, Kim (Pat) Cornett of Moores Hill, and Raven Walsh of Aurora; 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers Alan Walsh of Bloomington and David (Janie) Walsh of Palm Bay, Florida. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his infant brother Charles. Mr. Walsh was a 1962 graduate of Versailles High School. Lloyd spent his working career as a self-employed carpenter and also belonged to Carpenters Union Local 1147 in Lawrenceburg. He enjoyed vacations in Florida, attending auctions and rodeos, and also horseback riding. Lloyd was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 10 at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Monday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.
Edward Louis Armbrecht, 72, of Versailles, passed away on January 2, 2022, at River Terrace Health Campus, Madison. He was born on June 25, 1949, in Batesville, the son of Orvall and Lucille (Prakel) Armbrecht. Edward attended Versailles High School and was a member of the 1967 graduating class of South Ripley High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Indiana University. On November 27, 1970, he married Phyllis Ann Obendorf at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean.
Edward’s professional career included working as a Field Examiner for the Indiana State Board of Accounts and Business Manager of Madison Consolidated Schools. He also served on the SEI Communications Board of Directors, Treasurer of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ripley County Council, and Ripley County Democrat Central Committee. As a member of Ripley County Council, Edward’s financially conservative leadership enabled the county to pay cash to build the current Courthouse Annex, something that was a source of great pride. He earned great respect from the community for his work on County Council.
In November 1979, Edward and Phyllis embarked on a 40+ year partnership with his brother and sister-in-law Larry and Brenda Armbrecht by acquiring the Versailles Dairy Queen. They worked tirelessly and successfully to serve the best ice cream around. Over the years, the foursome created lifelong relationships with their employees and had a lasting impact on those individuals, who became like family.
Over the past 15 years, Edward spent his free time traveling to watch his grandchildren participate in their various sporting endeavors, which brought him great happiness.
Edward is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis; son Brian (Kristen) Armbrecht of Madison, daughters Becky Turner of Versailles, and Jennifer (John) Bunselmeier of Osgood; 6 grandchildren Derek and Chad Turner, Molly, Ava, Grant and Sadie Armbrecht; mother-in-law Irma Obendorf Rohls; sister Dena (Gregory) Cartwright of Campbellsville, KY, and brother Larry (Brenda) Armbrecht of Versailles; sisters-in-law Maria Armbrecht of Madison and Deborah Armbrecht of The Villages, FL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dr. Robert and Ellen Mulford, and sister-in-law Susie Obendorf, all of Versailles; several nieces and nephews.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Danny and Gary Armbrecht, father-in-law Arnold “Shorty” Obendorf, and brother-in-law Kenneth Obendorf.
Services for Edward will be held, Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 11:00 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean, with Edward's lifelong friend, Rev. James Budke officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery. The family requests all attendees wear a mask to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean, in care of the funeral home.
Owanna Lee (Mickie) Stratton, 93, of Versailles passed away at 9:15pm, Monday, January 3, 2022 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in Blue Ash, Ohio on October 6, 1928, the daughter of Norman and Bessie Bray Ray. She was married to William E. Stratton on April 28, 1946 and he preceded her in death on December 28, 1992. Survivors include two sons Rodney (Becky) Stratton of Holton and Robert (Jody) Stratton of Madeira Beach, Florida; one daughter Melody (Mike) Burnett of St. Paul; her son-in-law Max (Jane) Moreland of Versailles, and her brother-in-law James Dent also of Versailles; 10 granddaughters and 26 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Carolyn Moreland, and her sister Norma Jean Dent. Mrs. Stratton was a 1946 graduate of Holton High School. She began her working career as a secretary for Judge Amos Jackson in Versailles and retired after 25 years as an administrative assistant at the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center at Butlerville. Mickie was also a homemaker and she and Bill always enjoyed the life they had on their farm near Dabney. In retirement years she moved to Versailles and enjoyed her time with her large family. Mickie was a 72 year member of the Dabney Baptist Church where she participated in many aspects. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 8th at 12pm at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Saturday at the church beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the church building fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.
Doris Mae Lewis, 75, of Holton passed away at 8:45am, Saturday, January 1, 2022 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born in Cincinnati on July 19, 1946 the daughter of Brent and Lucille Hammon Schlotman. She was married to William Lewis on August 31, 1977 and he preceded her in death on August 25, 2016. Survivors include two sons Greg (Debbie) Schlotman of Fairland and Bryan (Lisa) Schlotman of Holton; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Lewis was a 1964 graduate of Holton High School and a veteran of the Vietnam War. She served as a Staff Sergeant with the US Air Force from June 29, 1964 through June 30, of 1976 and re-enlisted with the US Army serving from July 31, 1977 through December 5, 1988. For service to her country Doris received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. Doris was very patriotic and her time in the military was a very big part of her life. Her hobbies included fishing and sewing. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 4th at 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm on Tuesday. Doris’ wishes were to be cremated and burial will follow at a later date at the Tanglewood Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.