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Ruth M. Walsh, 97, of Holton

Ruth M. Walsh, 97, of Holton passed away at 5:25pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born in Osgood on August 26, 1921 the daughter of Avery and Estelle Whalbring Brower. She was married to John Leslie Walsh on June 13, 1939 and he preceded her in death on February 19, 2011. Survivors include three sons Lloyd Walsh of Versailles, Alan Walsh of Nashville, and David (Janie) Walsh of Malabar, Florida; 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren; one brother Dwight (Virginia) Brower of Bartow, Florida; one sister Joyce (Joe) Hardy of Ft. Defiance, Arizona. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Gary, brothers Charles Brower and Avery Brower, Jr., and her daughter-in-law Bernice Walsh. Mrs. Walsh attended grade school at Dabney and was a 1939 graduate of Holton High School. She was a 20 year employee of the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles where she worked as a bookkeeper and was also the schools treasurer. Leslie and Ruth spent their retirement winters in Florida and also traveled all 48 states in the continental US as well as traveling to the Holy Land. Ruth helped organize the Cub Scouts in Versailles and also helped in organizing the PTO in the Versailles Schools. Ruth was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess, Sunday school teacher, director for the BYF, and sang in the choir. She was a former member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau and the Rebekah Lodge at Holton. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 27th at 12pm at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 10am Saturday. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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Freeda Mae Hansmann, 90, of Versailles 

Freeda Mae Hansmann, 90, of Versailles passed away at 8:15am, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Ridge Wood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg. She was born near Canaan in Jefferson County on September 4, 1928 the daughter of Frederick and Myrtle Daleglish Hankins. She was married to Paul Hansmann on February 14, 1948 and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1994. Survivors include one son Paul (Laura) Hansmann, Jr. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; one grandson Lance (Tiffany) Hansmann of Burnsville, Minnesota; one granddaughter Heather (Joe) Terry of Minnetonka, Minnesota; two great-granddaughters Piper and Paige Terry; one sister Maxine Roberts of Madison. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Brad Hansmann, her brothers Mitchell, Loren, David, and William Hankins; and her sisters Lela Elston, Marjorie Mathews, Esther Hoffman, and Loretta Fleek. Mrs. Hansmann was a 1947 graduate of Milan High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. Freeda loved children and for 28 years while Paul’s job took them to different places, she taught pre-school in Springfield, Illinois, Canton, Ohio, Peoria, Illinois, and Sioux City, Nebraska. At the Washington Baptist Church Freeda taught Sunday school and worked with the VBS and Awana program. Another part of her personal ministry was to visit church members and friends in the nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 22nd at 11am at the Washington Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will also be on Monday at the church beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Washington Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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Duane Hooton, 80, of Versailles

 Duane Hooton, 80, of Versailles passed away at 10:30am, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison after a perpetual decline in his health over the past several months. He was born in Cross Plains on January 27, 1939 the son of Roland and Clara Warfield Hooton. Survivors include one son David (Pam) Hooton of Round O, South Carolina; three daughters Dana Hooton of Willow Creek, California, Laura Hooton of Charleston, South Carolina, and Tracy (Jeff) Miller of South Carolina; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; his twin brother Dwight (Donna) Hooton of Versailles; two sisters Hope (Robert) Fisse of Madison, and Faith Huffman of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents. Duane was a 1957 graduate of Versailles High School. Duane enjoyed having a twin (at least most of the time) and although they were identical, Duane always said he was the good looking one. After high school, Duane delivered Coca-Cola to thirsty customers in southeast Indiana for 18 years, and spent most of his working life thereafter driving a semi for various trucking companies. He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Duane accepted the Lord as his savior as a young man and was baptized in Munday’s Pool near Dabney alongside his brother Dwight. Duane loved his Lord, his family, and his dog Brady. He also enjoyed fishing, talking politics, and all sports. Duane’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will take place on Friday, July 19th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 10am. Burial will be in the Marble Corner Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. 

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