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Merrell E. Webster, 72, of Versailles

Merrell E. Webster, 72, of Versailles passed away at 12:40pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at his home. He was born at home on Plum Creek near Vevay in Switzerland County on December 11, 1945 the son of Melvin and Edna Scudder Webster. He was married to Jeraldine Otte on September 16, 1965 and his wife of 53 years survives. Other survivors include one son Michael (Sally) Webster of Versailles; one daughter Marsha (Tad) Brinson of Versailles; six grandchildren Erin (Jay) Hooten of Versailles, Sarah (Kevin) Swinney of Versailles, Emily (Levi) Speer of Holton, Jacob Brinson of Holton, Kelsey Brinson of Cleves, Ohio, and Abby Brinson of Versailles; 4 great-grandchildren; one sister Martha Riley of Madison; sister-in-law Millie Webster of Osgood and brother-in-law Tom Riley of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Damon Webster. Mr. Webster was a 1965 graduate of Cross Plains High School. Merrell played for the Wildcats basketball team and was named to the Ripley County all-star team his senior year. He was a former employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus, Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction in Batesville, and had also worked for Berry Materials in Versailles. Merrell also drove a bus for the South Ripley Schools and served four years on the South Ripley School Board, but his main occupation was being a farmer. He enjoyed rabbit hunting as well as fishing and was an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and the Kentucky Wildcats. Merrell served six years with the US Army Reserves and was also a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 19th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman, minister of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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Kenneth Robert Obendorf, 70, of Versailles

Kenneth Robert Obendorf, 70, of Versailles passed away at 1:05am, Monday, September 3, 2018 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg. He was born at Batesville on October 31, 1947 the son of Arnold and Irma Hurelbrink Obendorf. He was married to Susie Cain on May 27, 1977 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Irma Obendorf Rohls of Napoleon; one son Michael (Alyssa) Obendorf of St. Louis; two daughters Shannon Obendorf of Chicago, and Beth Obendorf of Carmel; one step-son Rick Combs of Versailles; grandchildren Eliot, Samuel, Rhaine, Tonya, and a grandson arriving in December; three great-grandchildren; two sisters Ellen (Dr. Robert) Mulford, and Phyllis (Edward) Armbrecht both of Versailles; his uncle Robert Hurelbrink of Versailles, and his aunt Ruth Althoff of Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Obendorf was a 1965 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War where he served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. For service to his country Kenny received the Purple Heart. In civilian life Kenny worked for Hillenbrand Industries in Batesville and retired in 2010 after 38 years as a machinist with Cummins Engine in Columbus. He was also a tobacco farmer and worked as a guard at the Jefferson Proving Ground. Kenny was an avid golfer and outdoorsman and was a former Babe Ruth and Little League coach in Versailles, taking one of his teams to the Laughery Valley District championship. Kenny was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean and was also a member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Versailles American Legion in care of the funeral home.

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Irvin J. Vanderpohl, Jr., 70, of Versailles

Irvin J. Vanderpohl, Jr., 70, of Versailles passed away at 5:30am, Monday, September 3, 2018 at his home. He was born at Greensburg on February 7, 1948 the son of Irvin Sr. and Mary Roell Vanderpohl. He was married to Shirley Green on July 7, 1997 and she survives. Other survivors include three sons Irvin III (Shawna) of Greensburg, Tony of Meridian, Illinois, and Carl of Dwight, Illinois; two daughters Annie Robbins of Greensburg, and Shannon Vanderpohl of Noblesville; two brothers Thomas (Bernice) Vanderpohl of Laurel, and Paul (Nancy) Vanderpohl of Milhousen; four sisters Rita (Doug) Cox of Napoleon, Theresa Koester of Sellersburg, Bernice (Charlie) Cook of New Point, and Kate (Fred) Fry of Greensburg. Mr. Vanderpohl was a 1966 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. He was a former employee of Diamet Corp. in Columbus and retired from the Kamic Corp. in Columbus where he was a production worker. Irvinís wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. Arrangements were handled by the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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