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 Robert “Joe” Owens, 85, of Osgood

Robert “Joe” Owens, 85, of Osgood passed away at 5:50pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born at Vernon on November 17, 1933 the son of Glenn and Ethel Goodpaster Owens. He was married to Susan Miller on March 7, 1953 and his wife of 65 years survives. Other survivors include one son Jeff (Pat) Owens of Elrod; three daughters Vernice Stratton and Naomi (Kevin) Tunny both of Holton, and Tina Bardell of Milan, Michigan; 9 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters Lou Trueblood of Salem, and Georgia (Jerry) Adkinson of Elrod. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Robert, his son-in-law Leslie Stratton, Jr., his grandson Leslie Scott Stratton, his brothers Russell, Jim, John, Charles, Gene, Dennis, and Raleigh Owens, and his sister Faye Mills. Mr. Owens worked for 43 years as a digger and hydro-ax operator for the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood, retiring in 1997. He also served as pastor of the Mt. Zion Nazarene Church in Switzerland County for several years. Joe enjoyed coon hunting in his younger years and also raising a big garden. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 26th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the Miller Family Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Miller Family Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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 Norman A. Conover, 65, of the Hopewell

Norman A. Conover, 65, of the Hopewell Community passed away at 3pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at Batesville on January 21, 1954 the son of Egbert and Leota Franklin Conover. Survivors include his mother Leota Conover of Hopewell; one brother Nathan (Becky) Conover of Hopewell; two sisters Susan (Larry) Black of Osgood, and Sally (Mike) Webster of Cross Plains; also several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Norman attended school at Holton and was a 1972 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a 39 year employee of Arvins at North Vernon where worked in waste management and was also a fork lift operator. He owned, trained, and drove standard bred horses, racing at several venues in the tri-state area, and also operated the family farm. In his spare time Norman enjoyed fishing, collecting John Deere tractors, and spending time with his family. Norman was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and a former member of the Holton Fire Department. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 25th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Pastor Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm and will also be at Hopewell. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Building Fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

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Herbert M. Raper, 70, of Versailles

Herbert M. Raper, 70, of Versailles passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at his home. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 17, 1948 the son of Norman and Mattie Midgett Raper. Survivors include one brother Ronald (Debbie) Raper of Versailles, along with several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles. Herbert was a 1967 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was inducted into the US Army on May 1, 1968 and served in Vietnam with the 1st Battalion of the 92nd Artillery, rising to the rank of SP4. For service to his country Herbert received the Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was also classified as a rifle marksman. He was discharged from the Army on April 30, 1974 and returned to Versailles to help his father on the farm. Funeral services will be held at 4pm on Saturday, February 23rd at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman, minister of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will begin at 3pm. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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Shelby E. Pindell, 61, of Sunman

Shelby E. Pindell, 61, of Sunman passed away at 2:30am, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Connersville on May 21, 1957 the son of Loren and Bertie Norris Pindell. Survivors include one son Shelby (Faith) Pindell of Milan; three daughters Kelly and her husband Sean,  Dainyon, and Krista ; three brothers Sam Pindell and  Larry Pindell both of Sunman, and Kenny Pindell of Crawfordsville; six sisters; Letha Flannery of Greensburg, Coylean Denton of Milan, Glenda Wick of Texas, Ann Phillips of Crawfordsville, Bonnie Marshall of Greensburg and Elaine Shockey of Alabama . He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Pindell worked over 25 years at the US Shoe Factory and was a member of Mud Pike Baptist Church. Shelby’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Debi Black of the Mud Pike Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will begin at 10am. . Lunch will follow at the Upper Room in Osgood, The family will have a donation box at the Upper Room.

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Dustin A. Toops, 26, of Osgood

Dustin A. Toops, 26, of Osgood passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 in Aurora. He was born at Batesville on February 1, 1993. Survivors include his parents Roger and Terri Green Toops of Osgood; his children Caroline and Clayten; his brother Tanner Dilk of Osgood; sisters Missy Dilk of Batesville, Mandy (Jeff) Ronaldson of Manhattan, Illinois, Anna (David) Dougherty of New Palestine, Olivia McLaughlin of Dillsboro,  and Lauryn Dilk of Osgood; nieces and nephews Aaron, Emma, Mollie, Madelyn, Parker, Grant, Ally, Ava, and Jack;  also his paternal grandmother Mollie Toops of Osgood, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Donald Toops, and his maternal grandparents Joseph and Ioata Green. Dustin helped his father on the farm and was an employee of Kraemer Construction in Aurora. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 22nd at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Pastor Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm 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 donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

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Carol Sue Owens, 60, of Hanover

Carol Sue Owens, 60, of Hanover passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville. She was born at Batesville on March 4, 1958 the daughter of George and Phyllis Tripp Furlow. She was married to Steven Owens on June 27, 1991 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Christopher (Paula McConnell) George of Holton, and Chad George of Hanover; three grandchildren; two brothers Dennis Furlow and Tom Furlow both of Holton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Justin Dale George, and her brothers Gary Furlow and Larry Furlow. Mrs. Owens attended school at Holton and South Ripley. She was former resident of Mitchell and worked in the deli at the Jay C Store there. Her and her husband Steve also operated produce stands in different areas. Carol’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will follow in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10am. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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