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David L. Wilson, 69, of Osgood

David L. Wilson, 69, of Osgood passed away at 5am, Friday, September 20, 2019 at his home. He was born in Greensburg on October 9, 1949 the son of Leslie and Joyce Holzhause Wilson. He was married to Debra Dudley on February 18, 1972 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Joyce Wilson of Napoleon; one son Jeffrey (Kelly) Wilson of Fishers; two daughters Sherry Stagge of Carmel and Amber Wilson of Cincinnati, and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and his sister Karen Koehne. Mr. Wilson was a 1967 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and had attended Purdue University. He owned and operated D. L. Wilson Equipment in Milroy. David also operated a sawmill and raised cattle. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and being with his grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at 5pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jack Dixon of the St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon officiating. Visitation will begin at 3pm. Memorials may be given to the Margaret Mary Hospice or the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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 Rev. Raymond E. Fitzsimmons, Sr., 94, of Versailles

  Rev. Raymond E. Fitzsimmons, Sr., 94, of Versailles passed away at 7:40pm, Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at home near Bainbridge in Putnam County, Indiana on August 5, 1925 the son of George and Daisy Hale Fitzsimmons. He was married to Barbara Flentge on June 12, 1947 and she preceded him in death on October 22, 2015. Survivors include four sons Raymond Jr. (Zoie) Fitzsimmons of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Bruce (Sara) Fitzsimmons of Versailles, Galen (Becky) Fitzsimmons of Indianapolis, and Dean (Martha) Fitzsimmons of Kansas City, Missouri; one daughter Freda (Gary) Warinner of Alton, Illinois; 21 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; one sister Norma Jean Bishop of North Salem. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Tom, Bill, Bob, and Mike Fitzsimmons, and his sister Ruby Murphy. Rev. Fitzsimmons was a 1943 graduate of Bainbridge High School and a 1950 graduate of the Columbia, South Carolina Bible College. He was an Army veteran of WWII, enlisting in the military on January 12, 1944. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 309th Infantry seeing action in the Rhineland Campaign. For service to his country Rev. Fitzsimmons was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Oak Leaf Cluster with one Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for wounds received on March 19, 1945 in Germany. After his discharge from the military on September 21, 1945 Rev. Fitzsimmons pastored churches in Darlington, Indiana, Boise Idaho, Willard, Ohio, and also in northern California and Oregon doing missionary work and church planting. He was also in charge of the Campus Bible Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin at Plattsville, Wisconsin and was a former employee of Montgomery Ward in Crawfordsville. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and had made custom cabinets and furniture as well as communion tables and pulpits. Rev. Fitzsimmons was a member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. Funeral services will be held at 7pm on Monday, September 23rd at the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod with his son Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 5pm. Burial will be on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:30am at the Roachdale (IN) Cemetery with military graveside rites. Memorials may be given to the Washington Baptist Missionary Fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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Edgar Lee Swinney, 89, of Versailles

Edgar Lee Swinney, 89, of Versailles passed away at 1am, Friday, September 13, 2019 at his home. He was born near New Marion on February 3, 1930 the son of Culver and Ethel Viola Andress Swinney. On November 6, 1949 he married a beautiful lady Ruth Ann Kamman at the Tyson Methodist Church in Versailles. They bought a farm west of Osgood and Ruth Ann passed away on August 19, 2007. They had two wonderful children David and Lisa. David married Melinda Sue Renfro on December 15, 1979 and they had three children, Matthew Ryan, Samantha Crystal, and Rebecca Leah. Matthew married Bridget Ann Miller and their children are Sara Leeann and Zachary Daniel. Samantha has one son Jamieson Lee. Rebecca married Jarred Westerfeld and they have two children John David Wayne and Annaleah Sue. Lisa married David Lee Ebinger on March 22, 1980 and they had two sons Jeremy David and Joshua Edward. Jeremy died on February 23, 2002 at the age of 20. Joshua has five children Austin Joseph, Jeremy David, Alexis Renea, Jaelynn Nicole, and Isabella Beth. Edgar is also survived by his brother Robert Wayne (Carole) Swinney of Canaan, and his sister-in-law Jill Swinney of Greensburg. On November 29, 2008 he married a lovely lady Joyce Julia Klusman at the Hopewell Baptist Church and she survives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Leslie Ray Swinney. Edgar Lee was a 1948 graduate of New Marion High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1952-1954  as a Sergeant during the Korean War. His boot camp was in San Diego and he was later stationed at Santa Ana, California Air Base. He was also stationed in Japan for six months with a helicopter squadron where his duties included filing and payroll for the 150 man squad. For service to his country Edgar Lee received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. In civilian life he worked at Allisons General Motors in Indianapolis for nine years. He was also a farmer and raised and fed cattle from 1956 until his retirement in 2007. Edgar Lee was on the board of directors for the Ripley County Bank for 15 years and was a director for the Ripley County Farm Bureau for 6 years. He was a former member of the New Marion Baptist Church and was a 62 year member of the Hopewell Baptist Church where he had served as a trustee. He was a 58 year member of the Osgood Masonic Lodge and was active in Republican politics, serving on the Center Township Advisory Board for 6 years. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Tuesday at the church. The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 8pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church building fund or the Hopewell Cemetery in care of the funeral home.  

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