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Sharon Rose Ison, 61, of Versailles passed away at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio on July 8, 1962, the daughter of Curtis and Betty Alexander Turner. She was married to Russell Ison, Sr. on April 5, 2008 and he preceded her in death on September 11, 2023. Survivors include one daughter Terra (Shane) Babbitt of Theodore, Alabama; one son Dalton Braley of Milan; step-children Ca Trina (Brett) Trenkamp of Dillsboro, Robyn (Marvin) Gilbert of Moores Hill, Rusty Jr. (Kady) Ison of Milan, and Jared (Samantha) Ison of Aurora; 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; four brothers Curtis Turner, Jr., Tony (Susan) Turner, Tommy (Teresa) Turner, and Eddie (Katie) Turner; one sister Susie (Herman )Dorn; also her extended family, Kristy (Austin) King of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Ison was a 1979 graduate of Ross (Ohio) High School. She was a former employee of Madison Tool & Die and had worked as an office manager at Ohio Rod in Versailles for over 25 years. She enjoyed her horses and horseback riding along with camping, and loved going to the beach. Sharon was a member of the Shelby Christian Church and attended the Christ Community Church at Butlerville. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 3 at 12 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Tim Heim officiating. Visitation will be on Monday beginning at 10 a.m.  Graveside services will also be on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the New London Cemetery in Shandon, Ohio. Memorials may be given to the Hoosier Back Country Horsemen in care of the funeral home.  

 

Cynthia O’Neil

Dearest God in heaven,

 

Give me the strength to guide my horse. 

Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head. 

Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker. 

Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain always be sweet to me, 

Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile.

I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm, The grace and splendor of a running horse. 

The thunder of its hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar, Let it always be so.

Dearest God, grant me patience,

For horses are harnessed wind and wind can be flighty. 

Let me not frighten or harm them, Instead show me ways to understand them.

Above all, dear God, fill my life with them.

I am not whole without them. 

When I pass from this world, send my soul to no heaven without them,

For this love you have given me graces my existence.

I shall cherish it and praise you for it for all time 

Amen

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our beloved Mom, Grammy, and friend.  Cynthia O’Neil was born April 02, 1942 to Frank and Betty Latscha in Cincinnati, OH. She was married to Thomas O’Neil, they both grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and ventured to Friendship, Indiana. Together they had 7 children who they raised on their farm in the valley for 21 years until they separated. Mom became the greatest superhero our family will ever know. She stayed on the farm and raised us 7 children while keeping food on the table, horses in the pasture, and a roof over our head.

Just like the horses, our mother loved so much she carried her untamable free spirit throughout her life. She taught us to be strong, hardworking, and independent people. Our mother took pride in being a steward of the land that rolled through the valley of her farm. The graceful touch of her working hands helped flowers, gardens, animals, and children flourish under her care. Our mom drove a school bus for South Ripley over 25 years, was a Girl Scout leader, delivered fertilizer for Elrod Grain, shared her love of horses with others by giving riding lessons, ran and operated the Versailles State Park Saddle barn with her team of over 30 horses; with the majority being horses that she raised and trained on her farm with us kids. While our mom may have retired from her 9-5 in her 70’s, she truly never stopped working. Our moms love for horses will forever be memorialized through the Horse and Pony Barn at the Ripley County Fairgrounds where she was an instrumental advocate in having the Horse and Pony barn built. Mom loved attending the fair to watch her kids and grandkids share her passion for showing horses. Whether it was gardening, working with her horses, or attending grandchildren’s sporting events, she was always willing to guide us and teach us the right way to live. So many times we would ask, “How did you raise 7 children?” and mom would modestly answer “You just find a way”. In watching mom care for our children we finally understood that a mother’s love is the strongest love of all. Her passion and life long legacy is her farm, which will carry her spirit until we all meet again. 

 

Our childhoods are filled with memories of nighttime horse rides, fossil hunting, traveling to horse shows, singing songs, and baking Christmas cookies, but most importantly Mom taught us to live our lives like a team of work horses, what one cannot do alone you can accomplish anything with your team of 7. Our mom was tough when she needed to be but for the ones lucky enough to break down that barrier, she was the best friend a person could ever have. 

 

Moms final wishes were to go home to her farm.  When it became clear her mind and body had grown tired her family and friends jumped into action. Our mom handled her life’s burdens with the utmost grace, courage, and strength, and she pulled off one more O’Neil family hoorah when she brought us all together to bring her back to her farm. We took her down a familiar country road to the valley where she belonged. She was able to spend her last few days in her home, surrounded by her loved ones at her side. Our mom looked North up the valley and rested peacefully while listening to the flow of Caesar creek, the birds singing, and the horses grazing, while the sweet, fresh valley air blew in the French doors. Our mom was not alone, not even for a second during the two days of celebration, tears, and laughter before we finally turned the lights down, kept our tears at bay, and quieted our voices to let the full moon and fireflies light her way as we said, “Good night Mom” for the last time. 

 

Our Mom was the light of our life who loved us all unconditionally. Her legacy will be carried forward by her beloved children Antionette “Quig” (Doug) Diem, Tim “Buffy” (Cindy Tencick) O’Neil, Tammy “Bay” (Duane) Campbell, John (Teresa) O’Neil, Michael (Julie) O’Neil, Daisy (Leslie) Foreman, Samantha (Elias) Fuentes. Grandchildren Michaela, Darcie, Emily, Kelly, Evan, Max, Kyle, Dylan, Jessa, Makayla, Nicholas, and Alexandra. Great Grandchildren Sienna and Avery. 

 

While our mother is not the one holding the pen to write her story anymore, this is not her final chapter.  We write this to share her story with the community, and she has provided us with the paper and pen to continue her story. 

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep,

I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the fireflies that glow.

I am the sunlight on a horse’s mane, I am the autumn's gentle rain,

When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush.

Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night,

Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

 

Cynthia's wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department or the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. 

 

 Deborah “Debbie Sue” Fox, 74, of Versailles passed away at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. She was born in Batesville on April 13, 1950, the daughter of Arnold and Polly Gevedon Back. She was married to Bob Fox on May 24, 1969, Friday marking their 55th anniversary. Survivors besides her husband include her mother Polly Back Holbrook of Versailles; one daughter Polly Kellerman of Batesville; two brothers Reed Back of Versailles and Rob (Bridget) Back of Olean; three sisters Ilene Ryker of Cross Plains, Dee (Keith) Ertel of Napoleon, and Teresa Hosmer of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Fox was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School and she studied cosmetology at the Southeastern Career Center. Debbie was a well-known beautician in the Versailles community. Her first shop was the Petite Beauty Salon on the square in Versailles. She had also worked at the Odyssey Salon in Versailles as well as various shops in the community, during a career that spanned over 50 years. Debbie was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship and the Delta Rho Chapter of Tri-Kappa. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Former Ripley County resident Scott C. McNeelan, 52, of Indianapolis passed away Sunday, May 13, 2024 at his home. He was born in Batesville on March 1, 1972, the son of Dwayne and Janie LaFollette McNeelan. He was married to his current wife Stacy Budd on October 17, 2013 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Brittany McNeelan of Greensburg; two sons, Scott McNeelan II and Damian McNeelan both of Greensburg; his first wife and mother of his children, Misty McNeelan Nugent of Greensburg; grandchildren Hayden McNeelan, Stevie-Mae McNeelan, and Jacob and Jonah McLean; three step-sons Stephen, Joseph, and Nicholas Rannazzisi all of Westfield; three sisters Tammy Buell of Milton, Kentucky, and Melissa Grigsby and Melanie Fields both of Holton. He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew Derrick Buell.  Mr. McNeelan attended South Ripley High School with the class of 1990. He received his Associates Degree in business administration from Florida University and LPN certification from Med-Tech College in Greenwood.  Scott was a devoted father, grandfather, husband, and community servant. He had worked as an over the road truck driver, was a former 10 year member of the Indiana Carpenters Union, and had worked as a nursing home administrator for many years. He enjoyed his last years at his farm in Springville, Indiana where he worked the land, the stock market, and did wood-working, before moving on to his current home. Scott attended the Holton United Methodist Church as a child, was baptized at the Benham United Methodist Church, and was currently a member of the Free Methodist Church at Bedford. He was also a former member of the Holton Fire Department. Scott’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will he held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at the Holton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Memorials will be taken for Scott’s grandchildren in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles

 

Janice R. West, 79, of Osgood passed away at 8:55 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at the Waters of Batesville. She was born in Tucson, Arizona on November 17, 1944, the daughter of Emory and Wilma Coleman Johnston. She was married to Warner “Jack” West on January 19, 1961 and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2009. Survivors include two sons Matt (Stephanie) West of Versailles and Cory Allen West of South Charleston, West Virginia; two daughters Dawn (Walter) Fugate of Dayton, Ohio and Julie Ann Harrington of South Charleston, West Virginia; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Leonard, great-grandson Walter Fugate IV, son-in-law David Harrington, and her sister Brenda Kay Pfieffer. Janice was dedicated to her family and spent her life as a wife and mother. She enjoyed singing, being active in her church, painting ceramics, and in her younger years she and Jack enjoyed bowling. Janice was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church in Batesville and a former member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Olean with James Dickey officiating. Memorials may be given to the cemetery in car of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

 Marilyn June Walker, 88, of New Marion passed away at 11:00 p.m, Monday, May 6, 2024 at her home. She was born near New Marion on June 19, 1935, the daughter of Bernice and Eva Reynolds Chandler. She was married to Chester Walker on February 21, 1953 and he preceded her in death on December 29, 2018. Survivors include four sons Terry Walker of East Enterprise, Jerry (Debbie) Walker and Tony Walker both of Versailles, and Tom (Denise) Walker of Milan; one daughter Pamela (Chris) Kohlmeier of Milan; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; one sister Elizabeth Warth of Redding, Ohio and one brother Gene Chandler of Greensburg. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Chandler, and her sisters Joan Dicus, Lila Pickett, Shirley Benedict, Betty Adams, and Catherine Grigsby. Mrs. Walker attended school in New Marion. Her working career spanned many years having employment with Vines Poultry in Osgood, Conn Organ in Madison, the Silver Bell Nursing Home, and Berkel Electronics in Versailles, but her mainstay in life was being a wife and mother.  June was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Her wishes were to be cremated and burial will be at the convenience of the family at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials for June may be given to St. Jude Hospital or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Janice Eileen Simon, 60, of Osgood passed away at 9:50 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville. She was born at Batesville on May 18, 1963, the daughter of Cletus and Eileen Thole Wagner. She was married to Michael Simon on July 12, 1986 and he survives. Other survivors include her mother Eileen Wagner of Osgood; two daughters Tanaha (Barry Peton) Simon of New Palestine and Paige Simon of Osgood; one son Blake Simon of Greenfield; grandchildren Kevin and Austin Peton; four brothers Tom (Carol) Wagner of Columbus, Ken (Donna) Wagner of Osgood, Robert (Linda) Wagner of Batesville, and Jeff (Susie) Wagner of Osgood; one sister Marlene (Joe) Prickel of Batesville. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Simon was a 1981 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. She received her Associates Degree in business administration from Ball State University in 1983. Janice was a former employee of Hil-Rom in Batesville, Vollmer Insurance in Osgood, and the Ripley Vision Clinic in Versailles. She currently worked as an ACH Specialist with the Napoleon State Bank. She enjoyed time with her family, “taking care of the yard”, swimming in her pool, and sewing. Janice was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon where she had served as secretary on the parish council. She was also a former member of the VFW Auxiliary and had worked as a Mary Kay Consultant. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 9 at St. Maurice Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services at 3:45. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the funeral home.

 

 Steve “Sully” Sullivan, 65, of Osgood passed away at 1:30 a.m., Sunday, April 28, 2024 at his home. He was born in Otterbein, Indiana on November 24, 1958 the son of Dennis and Alene Anderson Sullivan. He was married to Karen Kunz on December 1, 1979 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Travis (Kimberly) Sullivan of Osgood and Jerid (Allyson) Sullivan of Greensburg; two grandsons Kaleb and Karter Sullivan; one sister Joan (Jerry) Alma of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law Ralph and Joyce Kunz, and his brother David Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was a 1977 graduate of Benton Central High School. His working career spanned many years. He worked as an assistant manager for the Goodyear Tire store in Osgood and for 20 years as a custodian for the Jac-Cen-Del Schools. Steve was best known in the community as an officer with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department. He first began his career as a Reserve Officer for the Town of Osgood and as a Deputy Reserve Officer for the Sheriff department in 1998. He then became a full-time merited deputy and was currently working part time as Ripley County Courthouse Security. Steve was a member of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association and the Ripley County FOP. In 2012 he was given the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Lifesaving Award as the result of Steve rescuing an individual from a car fire. Funeral services will be held 11:00am on Thursday, May 2 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the St. John Cemetery or Ripley County EMS in care of the funeral home.

 

Louis Richard Wolter, age 89, a loving faithful husband and father, passed away on Sunday, April 21st, 2024 surrounded by family.  Born on August 13, 1934, Louis grew up in St. Maurice, IN. during the Great Depression. When he was a young child his father passed away, leaving his mother to single-handedly raise nine children.
  He graduated from Clarksburg High School and went on to earn a BA in Secondary Education from Earlham College, which laid the foundation for his early life.
  Louis’ educational journey was put on hold when drafted into the US Army. He proudly served 2 years as a Specialist Four in the Military Police at Ft. Leslie J. McNair, Washington D.C. After leaving the military, his passion for guidance and mentorship led him to Butler University, where he obtained a Master’s in Guidance Counseling.
  In 1961, Louis, a lifelong resident of Osgood, IN, started what would become his most fulfilling professional years at Jac-Cen-Del High School. Over the next 39 years, he made a profound impact as a teacher, coach, student advocate, and guidance counselor. His dedication helped shape the academic paths and future careers of countless students. With deep compassion and unwavering commitment, Louis nurtured the potential within each individual, leaving a lasting legacy in the lives of many.
  On June 13, 1964, Louis married the love of his life, Amelia Ann Simon who proceeded him in death 2 years ago. Together, they celebrated 58 wonderful years of marriage, nurturing a family of five grateful children: Paula(Mike) Bobek of Plain WI, John(Amy) Wolter of Charlotte NC, Matthew Wolter of Phoenix AZ, Adam(Devonna) Wolter of Batesville IN, and Thomas(Rebecca) Wolter of Austin TX.  His 12 grandchildren include:  Andrew(Shelby) Bobek and Steven(Maureen) Bobek; Christopher, Nicole, and Evan Wolter; Justin(Jennifer) Wolter and Branden Wolter; Seth and Layne Phillips; Crystal Leahy, Megan and Blake Wolter. His five great grandchildren include Kyla(Justin) and Cora;  Ariana, Waylon and Kyla(Crystal).
  An avid gardener, Louis was renowned for his homegrown fruits and vegetables, especially his tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, peaches, and melons, which he generously shared with friends and neighbors. His green thumb was only one of the many ways he contributed to our community.
  Louis’ spiritual devotion was evident in his lifelong commitment to St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon, where he was a well-respected and dedicated lector. His faith and service to the church community were sources of strength and inspiration to many.
  He is survived by his children, 6 sister-in-laws: Melinda(Tim) Wissel, Rita(James) Bedel, Patricia Simon, Dolores Simon, Marlene Wolter, and Rosie Wolter;  1 brother-in-law: Dale(Bonnie) Simon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam Frank and Mathilda(Gauck) Wolter; five brothers: Carl,   Norbert(Doris), Albin(Jean), Bernard, and Martin Wolter; three sisters: Dorothy(Hank) Bicknell, Evelyn M. Kiefer, and Thelma(Leroy) Grossman.
  Louis’ life was a testament to his values of faith, family, education, and service. As we remember Louis, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a legacy that will continue to inspire those who knew him. We take comfort in knowing that his spirit will live on through his family, his work, and the countless lives he touched. Louis will be dearly missed, yet his memory will forever remain in our hearts.
  Visitation will be at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, IN, Friday, April 26 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with rosary at 3:45 p.m. Mass and Catholic burial will take place, Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon, IN.  Military graveside rites will be given by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials can be offered to the St. Maurice Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Janice M. Vawter, 80, of Columbus, formerly of Versailles passed away at 9:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at The Traditions in Columbus. She was born in North Vernon on July 29, 1943, the daughter of Bernard and Mary French Gerth. She was married to Francis Vawter on June 22, 1963 and he preceded her in death on December 18, 2021. Survivors include three sons Michael (Cynthia) Vawter of Ft. Wayne, Steven (Carrie) Vawter of Columbus, and Robert (Jennifer) Vawter of Rock Hill, South Carolina; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; three brothers Paul (Sue) Gerth and Larry Gerth both of Columbus, and David Gerth of North Vernon; two sisters Sister Shirley Gerth of Oldenburg and Diana (Phil) Franklin of Columbus. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Raymond, James, and Father Robert Gerth. Mrs. Vawter was a 1961 graduate of Madison Shawe High School and she had worked as an aid at the South Ripley Elementary School. Janice was very devoted to her church and also enjoyed her family, reading, and crocheting. Janice was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held of Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon with Father Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Memorials may be given to Our Hospice or the St. Maurice Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Amanda Nicole Dixon, age 41, formerly of Switzerland County, received her wings on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at her home after a long battle with ovarian cancer, with her mother by her side. She was born in Madison on May 26, 1982, the daughter of Angela (Jeff) Daugherty of Cincinnati and Dale (Cris) Dixon, Jr. of Vevay. Amanda worked for the Televerde Foundation until her health no longer allowed it. She loved gardening, coin collecting, crocheting, candle making, and she lover her church, her church family, reading scriptures, worshiping the Lord, and helping any person or animal she possibly could. Amanda will be forever missed and in our hearts. Survivors include her companion Sarah of Indianapolis; her son (fur baby) Binksy; her sister Laura Ashley Dixon of Ludlow, Kentucky; her step-brothers Christian, Joey (April), and Jaden Miller of East Enterprise and Cody Turner of Vevay; her uncles Tony (Anna) Spoores of Vevay and David (Kari) Daugherty of Ludlow; her aunt Paula (Pat( Franks of Cincinnati; her step-aunts Lisa Turner, Krista Sherman, and Melody Clark all of Cincinnati; step-uncle Matthew Sellet of Moores Hill; her grandparents Larry and Myra Spoores of  Vevay, Tony and Sandi Simon of Osgood, and Nancy Sellet of Cincinnati, and her nieces Akira and Kaiya Yeager and nephew Chase Yeager. She was preceded in death by her uncle Scott Singleton and her step-sister Loni Amber Lynn Turner. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 20 at the Switzerland County 4-H Banquet Hall at 5 p.m. for those who would like to attend.

 

Patsy L. Gross, 81, of Versailles passed away at 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at her home. She was born near Cannan on February 18, 1943, the daughter of Les and Daisy Wainscott Hamilton. She was married to Jim Gross on September 26, 1959 and he preceded her in death on October 19, 2010. Survivors include two sons Marty (Tammy) Gross and Jon Gross both of Versailles; one daughter Lori Beverly of Knoxville, Tennessee; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one sister Brenda Adams. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother Dean Hamilton. Mrs. Gross was a homemaker and assister her husband in operating Gross Oil Company in Versailles. She enjoyed having her cats as pets and also feeding her backyard birds. Patsy was a member of the Shelby Christian Church for over 60 years. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 12 at the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison with Randy Thieman officiating. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Roseann Becktell, 76, of Seymour passed away at 10:50 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. She was born in San Diego, California on November 21, 1947, the son of Francis and Dorothy Flynn Druschel. Survivors include one daughter Diane Hext of Orlando, Florida; three grandchildren Benjamin Sturgeon, Lizzie Sturgeon, and Sara Hext all of Orlando; one brother Ronnie Druschel of Holton; two sisters Patricia Stidam of North Vernon and Linda White of Osgood. She was preceded in death by his parents. Ms. Becktell attended school at Holton and had worked as a secretary for the Kem-Lock Corporation. Roseann’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

James Bradley “Brad” Castner, 27, of Holton passed away at 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis as the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Madison on April 16, 1996, the son of James E. and Caralita Cope Castner. Survivors include his father James (Charlene) Castner of Holton, his mother Caralita Furman of Bloomington, his sister Kendra (Bryan McCreary) Castner of Milan, his maternal grandfather Willliam Cope of Bloomington, paternal grandparents Jim and Sandy Castner of Holton, his aunt Cindy Castner of Holton, nieces Andi and Ellie McCreary, and his nephew Ayden Wilhoite, along with several cousins, and great-aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother. Brad was employed with Dave O’Mara Contracting in North Vernon. He was accomplished in four wheeler racing, having won several championships on the Indiana cross-country as well as the Mid-West cross-country circuits. Brad was a hard worker, enjoyed racing as well as working on four wheelers, and was very fond of children. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery or the Holton Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Sandra R. Meisberger 83 of New Marion, Indiana passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024. She was born on August 25, 1940 to the late Gaspord Ricketts and Susie Ione Hamilton in Fowler, Indiana. She graduated from Belmore High School in Parke County, Indiana.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband Melvin E. Meisberger. They were married on September 17, 1960 for 63 years and 6 months. She was blessed with 5 children: Julie (David) Underwood, Caroline (Jeff) Cumberworth, Debbie (Steve) Gloyd, Brian Meisberger, and Amy Fischmer. She had 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Sandra is also survived by her brothers Toby Ricketts (Marsha), Jack (Delores) Ricketts, a sister Diana Yoakum, and her sister-in-law Cathy Marconett. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Norman Ricketts and Paul David Ricketts.

Sandra and Melvin have 4 exchange student children, Diana Chaljub, Pedro Chaljub, Lily Char and Marta Pretelt, whom she loved very much.

Sandra was a school bus driver for South Ripley School Corp. for 20 years. She was a member of Saint Magdalene and Prince of Peace Catholic Churches, Ross' Run Chapter NSDAR, Ripley County Historical Society and an avid genealogist.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at St. Patrick Church in Madison, Indiana at 11 AM. Visitation is Monday, April 1, 2024 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home Versailles, Indiana. Rosary services will be held on Monday at 3:45 p.m. followed by services by the Ross Run DAR. Memorials may be given to St. Magdalene Cemetery through the funeral home in care of Ripley County Community Foundation.

 

Wendell Wade Brinson, 73, of Benham passed away at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2024 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on July 14, 1950 the son of Wilbur Jr. and Leola Dennis Brinson. He was married to Judy Kay Edwards on November 22, 1980 and she survives. Other survivors include three sons Daniel (Jenie) Brinson and Matt (Ashley) Brinson both of Cross Plains, and Sam (April) Brinson of Ft. Wayne; one daughter Valerie (Dave) Dabney of Florida; four brothers Clay (Linda) Brinson of Florida, Kim (Tina) Brinson of Benham, Tim (Mariana) Brinson of Oceanside, California, and Kerry (Tina) Brinson of Cannan; 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Brinson was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a four-year veteran of the United States Navy and was a former resident of Sardinia, Ohio where he worked as a police officer for nine years. He had also worked in maintenance for Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg and Madison. Wendell had attended the former Cross Plains Baptist Church. Wendell’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Larry J. Hosmer, 65, of Versailles passed away Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Leesville, Louisiana on October 19, 1958, the son of and Lucille Haggard Hosmer. He was married to Teresa Back and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Lucille Hosmer of Delaware; two daughters Michelle (Mark) Cutter of Versailles and Rachel (Jason) Edwards of Holton; five grandchildren Morgan and Megan Cutter, and DJ, Garrett, and Gracie Edwards; one brother David Hosmer of Delaware. He was preceded in death by his father. Larry attended Jac-Cen-Del High School and began his working career at an early age. Through the years he had employment with Thomas & Skinner in Osgood, Gecom, Advanced Engineering, and Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg, General Electric in Avondale, Ohio, and had worked for the last ten years as a toolmaker with Arvin-Sango in Madison. Larry’s hobbies included reading and playing the guitar, a hobby he had also taught his grandchildren to enjoy. He was an accomplished photographer, photographing weddings, but especially enjoyed taking pictures of the outdoors and nature. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Delaware Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Larry J. Hosmer, 65, of Versailles passed away Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Leesville, Louisiana on October 19, 1958, the son of and Lucille Haggard Hosmer. He was married to Teresa Back and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Lucille Hosmer of Delaware; two daughters Michelle (Mark) Cutter of Versailles and Rachel (Jason) Edwards of Holton; five grandchildren Morgan and Megan Cutter, and DJ, Garrett, and Gracie Edwards; one brother David Hosmer of Delaware. He was preceded in death by his father. Larry attended Jac-Cen-Del High School and began his working career at an early age. Through the years he had employment with Thomas & Skinner in Osgood, Gecom, Advanced Engineering, and Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg, General Electric in Avondale, Ohio, and had worked for the last ten years as a toolmaker with Arvin-Sango in Madison. Larry’s hobbies included reading and playing the guitar, a hobby he had also taught his grandchildren to enjoy. He was an accomplished photographer, photographing weddings, but especially enjoyed taking pictures of the outdoors and nature. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Delaware Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Fred Singer, 73 of Holton, IN passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024 at his residence. Fred was born April 27, 1950, the son of Frederick C. and Elizabeth Daugherty Singer in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1968 Fred graduated from Knoch High School in Saxonburg, PA. He married Nelda Ashby on June 30, 1979 and survives. Other survivors include Angie (Leon) Lloyd, Aimee (Chris) Leisure both of Lincoln, NE, Betty Bittner of Holton, Sara (Rodney) Gullion of Rexville, Ray Allen of Houston, TX, Vondia (Lonnie) Hamby of Alabama, and Becky (Chuck) Ward of Meridian, MS, 23 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and four sisters; Carol (Paul) Troup, Cathy (Paul) Young, Dodie White and Val Murry.  Fred spent 8 years in the Air Force as an Ammunition Specialist. He retired after 38 years from Mettler-Toledo Scale Company as an Electronic Scale Specialist. Fred was a member of the Leora Weare Post 173 American Legion in Versailles. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 8, 2024 at 10:00 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison, Indiana. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Memorial may be given to the American Legion in care of the funeral home.

 

Jimmie Dewayne Smith, 79 of New Marion, IN passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024 at his residence. Jim was born October 14, 1944 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the son of Paul Jones and Cleo Inez Sorrell Smith. Jim was a 1962 graduated from Belen High school in Belen, New Mexico. On February 3, 1968, Jim married Brenda Cole in Dillion, South Carolina.

Following graduation, Jim joined United States Navy and was an active member from 1962 to 1966. He retired from the Department of Agriculture as a Federal Meat Inspector. Jim and Brenda loved tournament fishing, traveling, and spending time together. He was a member of Versailles American Legion, 40 & 8, Gold Mining Association, Bass Masters and the New Marion Baptist Church.

Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Brenda and his sister Carol Baize of Long View, Texas, two nieces: Kenni Monk and Terri Perenboom. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Carter and Rev Ed Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 10:30am until time of service. American legion Leora Weare Post 173 will be conducting Military Rites at the cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the New Mario Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at skfuneralhome.com.

 

Joan Geisler, 94, of Versailles passed away at 6:40 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. She was born in Highland Park, Illinois on June 23, 1929, the daughter of George D.M. and Helen Rudolph Daily. She was married to Gayle Geisler on September 14, 1947 and he preceded her in death 16 years earlier on March 2, 2008. Survivors include six grandchildren Tammy (Chris) Linville of Osgood, Amy (Ed) Rodriguez of Versailles, Lisa Baurley of Aurora, Bill (Susan) Arney of Austin, Texas, and Steve (Cassandra) Arney and Rodney (Dorothy) Arney both of Versailles; 9 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughters Lynn Baurley and Melody Arney, and her sons-in-law Charles Baurley and Jim Arney, her brother George “Bo” Daily, and her sister Patsy Ralston. Mrs. Geisler was a 1947 graduate of Central High School at Madison and spent her married life as a full time Mom and homemaker. She and Gayle enjoyed traveling and spending their winters in Bradenton, Florida. They also attended many Lions Club events with the Versailles Lions Club as well as in Florida, but her heart was always home with her family, especially her grandchildren. Joan was a member of the Tyson Methodist Church in Versailles. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to the Tyson Methodist Church or the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Janet D. Mack, 86, of Holton passed away at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on April 29, 1937, the daughter of Walter and Selma Stagg Walsh. She was married to Travis Mack on September 18, 1955, and her husband of 68 years survives. Other survivors include one son Kevin (Debbie) Mack of Versailles; two grandchildren, Brad Tunny of Mooresville, North Carolina and Kristi (Chris) Wicker of Seymour; great-grandchildren Braxton Tunny, and Blake and Brooklyn Schneider; step-great-grandchildren Nick and Kyle Wicker. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Rhonda Tunny, and her brother Dennis Walsh. Mrs. Mack was a 1955 graduate of Holton High School. Her working career spanned many years, working as a cook at the Holton School and later managing the bookstore at South Ripley and also serving as a teacher’s aide. She and Travis spent their winters in Florida, this being the first time in 39 years that they were not able to go. Her hobbies included fishing, playing cards, and going to the Florida flea markets. Janet was a member of the Holton Christian Church and attended the Dabney Baptist Church. She had also served for many years on the Holton Cemetery Board. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Troy Green of the Dabney Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Baptist Church or the Holton Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

 Denise Lynn McLaughlin, 70, of Versailles passed away at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, February 25, 2024 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital. She was born at Cincinnati, Ohio on November 6, 1953, the daughter of Leroy and Janet Smith Keith McLaughlin, who preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Angela (William) Cooper of Alameda, California and Mindy Keith of Falmouth, Kentucky; one son Dustin Keith of Versailles; 8 grandchildren; step-mother, Imogene McLaughlin of Greendale; three brothers Dennis (Barb) McLaughlin of Versailles, Mike (Katherine) McLaughlin of Batesville, and Jason Arnoldy of Osgood; one sister Jill Ruiz of Hebron, Kentucky. Ms. McLaughlin was a homemaker. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m.at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Brother Tom Holt officiating. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Martin Junior McNeelan, 88 of Whiteland, IN passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at Community South Hospital, Indianapolis. Martin was born August 8, 1935 on the family farm near Holton. He was the oldest son of Martin H. and Laura Bell (Richardson) McNeelan. Martin attended Holton elementary and Holton High School graduating in 1953. On January 23, 1954, Martin married his high school sweetheart Beverly Ann Jackson. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2014.

Following graduation, Martin farmed, raised polled shorthorn cattle, chickens and hogs. He also ran a custom hay/straw bailing operation in the community. Martin also owned and operated four retail stores early in his career. The first two stores, “Little Big Dollar Store”, stocked a variety of merchandise $1 and under. The later stores carried a larger variety of household, sporting goods, bait and clothing items. Upon selling the retail stores, Martin was a regional sales representative for Do All Industrial for 10 years. This created a desire for Martin to own his own industrial machinery business. Martin purchased American Machinery and Tool Company, which operated in Indianapolis for almost 25 years. After the closure of American Machinery and Tool, Martin obtained his real estate license working under the Re-Max Company in Greenwood for almost 20 years prior to retirement.

Martin filled up every free minute with an activity. He loved his family, hunting whitetail deer, moose, elk, turkey, bear, caribou, squirrels, rabbits and quail. Additional interests were in horses, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, reading, gardening, horses, and flying. Martin was also a collector of Indian artifacts, guns, knives and antiques. Martin was a 50+ year member of the Holton Masonic Lodge and attended the Community Congregational Church in Franklin.

Survivors include his children: Becky Pulley (Andrew) of Homosassa Springs, Fl, Babs Hull (Mike) of Greenwood, IN, Martin J. McNeelan (Jacqueline) of Franklin, Mikel McNeelan of Belleair, Fl and Brenda Fields (Jerry) of Whiteland, IN; 13 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Martin is also survived by his brother James McNeelan (Carolyn) of Holton and sister Alice Rayburn (Ronnie) of Holton and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, his parents, Martin and Laura McNeelan and brother, Dwayne McNeelan.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 29 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Dan McLaughlin and Pastor Peter Helland officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 12 p.m.

Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at skfuneralhome.com.

 

Mary N. Lemarr, 80, of Dabney passed away at 5:45 a.m., Monday, February 26, 2024 at her home. She was born at Haleysburg in Washington County, Indiana on August 28, 1943, the daughter of Howard and Mary Reynolds Harris. She was married to William Lemarr on September 8, 1961 and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2006. Survivors include three daughters, Judy (Gary) Williams of Holton, and Pamela White and Sherry Laswell both of Versailles; 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; one brother Ivan (Nina) Harris of Crothersville; one sister Janice Williams of Seymour. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Russell Harris and her sisters Juanita Woodlock and Jane Henderson. Mrs. Lemarr retired in 1992 from US Shoe in Osgood where she worked for 15 years as a cutter. She enjoyed playing bingo at different organizations, but especially enjoyed her many grandchildren and taking vacations with her daughters. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Tim Osborne officiating. Burial will be in the Dabney Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Cemetery or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

William Jeffery Clayton, 58, of Dillsboro passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024 at his home. He was born in Jeffersonville on November 18, 1965, the son of Charles and Karen McEwan Clayton. Survivors include his mother Karen Clayton of Dillsboro; two sons Christian Clayton of Otterbein and Charles William Clayton III (Trey) of Anderson, Ohio; one daughter Victoria Clayton (Michael) Derge of Fairfield, Ohio; grandchildren Adelynn Clayton, and Miles and Olive Derge. He was preceded in death by his father Charles William Clayton, Jr. Mr. Clayton worked as a technician with Captel Outreach in Cincinnati where he enjoyed helping those with hearing loss better communicate. He had also worked as CEO and administrator for ARM Ministries and had owned and operated Corban Computer Consulting. Jeff had a great interest in planes and flying and took pilot training at the North Vernon Airport, receiving his pilots license at age 15. He owned and enjoyed a Tri-Pacer plane. Jeff was a long- time season ticket holder of the Bengals and belonged to the 501st Legion, which performed Star Wars events for Philanthropy. He was a tinker and fixer, enjoyed hunting, and playing the guitar. Jeff’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 10 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor G. B. Turner officiating. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Cross Roads Wesleyan Church in care of the funeral home.

 

 Roy F. Miller, 90, of Holton passed away at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born on the farm near Holton where he spent his entire life on November 2, 1933, the son of Leo and Eva Koechlin Miller. Survivors include one brother Ralph (Joyce) Miller of Delaware, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Leslie and Paul Miller, and his sisters Leola Ebinger, Mary Thola, and Florence Miller. Mr. Miller was a 1951 graduate of Holton High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, entering the US Army on March 19, 1953. After rising to the rank of Corporal, he was discharged from service on January 31, 1955. For service to his country Roy received the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Citation, and the Korean Service Ribbon. In civilian life Roy spent his life farming. He was well known in the community for his large gardens which he shared freely with his family and neighbors. Also, his nieces and nephews knew there was a quarter or half of beef coming their way at Christmas from Uncle Roy. Roy was a loyal follower of the Holton Warhorse basketball teams as long as the school was in existence. For many years he was the time keeper for the Ripley County Tourney as well as for South Ripley, and safe to say that Roy had probably witnessed as many basketball games as anyone in the county. He also owned, trained, and drove standard horses. Roy was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood, the Versailles American Legion and was a recent inductee into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 23 at 11a.m. at the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood with Father Binu Mathew officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services at 5:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Holton Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Suscellia Bowling, 91, of Holton passed away at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Oneida in Clay County, Kentucky on February 22, 1931, the daughter of Wood and Esther Sizemore Baker. She was married to William Bowling and he preceded her in death on September 11, 2020. Survivors include one daughter Carla Poynter of Holton; two sons William R. Bowling of Holton and Michael (Erin) Bowling of Dayton, Ohio; 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother Jimmy Adkins of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Baker, and her sister Josephine Risk. Before settling back in Ripley County, Bill and Suscellia had lived in Dayton, Ohio and Indianapolis. She worked as a union steward for True Photo in Dayton and also was the bookkeeper for Bill while he operated his diesel mechanic shop. Suscellia’s hobbies included crafting and collecting iron skillets, a collection that had grown to 75, but her best time was with her family. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. Suscellia’s wishes were to be cremated and the family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Manderley Health Care Activities Fund or the Holton Masonic Lodge in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home

 

We are sad to share that our mom, Geneva Kennedy, passed away unexpectedly on February 12, 2024. She was born November 10, 1931 in Osgood, Indiana to her late parents Paul and Norma (Pendergast) Black.  She grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Versailles Indiana, graduated from Versailles High School in 1949, and lived in Versailles until her passing at 92 years of age. 

Geneva single handedly raised her four children, Jenetta, Bill, Greg, and Mark; teaching them through example the meaning of hard work and persistence.  Having worked at various local businesses as a young mother, Geneva eventually retired from her role as custodian after 20 years of service at South Ripley School Corporation.  Having worked tirelessly her entire life, she was passionate in her belief that you earn your own way.

Geneva was a devoted Christian, and a faithful 70-year member of the Versailles Baptist Church.  Her love for her 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren was only surpassed by her love for her Lord.  She prayed daily for her family and ended every phone call and visit from them with a simple “I love you”.  Her favorite bible verse was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”, sharing with her grandson Stephen that she thought that one verse pretty much summed up the entire bible.

A close third to her faith and family was her love for sports.  She followed the Purdue Boilermakers, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, and the South Ripley Raiders.  If she wasn’t tuned into a sporting event, she passed her time reading, working jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, or watching a reality TV show or Hallmark movie. 

Geneva never owned a home nor had a large bank account; however, her life was richly filled with family and friends.  She enjoyed many vacations with her children and grandchildren, travelling throughout the US, and also visited Japan and England.  She regularly reached out to her church family with a card or a phone call recognizing birthdays and wedding anniversaries, and never let an immediate family member’s birthday pass without a phone call.

She enjoyed sharing chocolate with her great-grandchildren and church family, keeping the two fruit and vegetable bins of her refrigerator filled with various bags of candy.  She saw that the candy dish at the church remained full, and would send her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids off with a bag of candy after each visit.  Even so, her sweet demeanor exceeded the sweet treats she enjoyed sharing.

In today’s divisive world, Geneva was the opposite… always present with a prayer, a kind word, a hug, a word of encouragement, and when needed a call to action.  It is frequently stated by others that they never heard her speak bad about someone, and likewise never   heard anyone speak poorly of her.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents and 13 siblings. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her children, Jenetta Corey, Versailles, Bill (Mary) Kennedy, Carmel, Greg (Deb Dausmann) Kennedy, Cypress, TX, Mark (Rosena) Kennedy, Batesville.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Stephen (Miranda) Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Jonathon (Jenna) Kennedy, Nicholas (Sarah) Kennedy, Andrew (Kasi) Kennedy, Rachel (Jason) LaJeunesse, and Alina (Caleb) Henson; and great grandchildren Aurora Kennedy, Matthew Kennedy, Brooklyn Kennedy, Oliver Lajeunesse, Larkyn Kennedy, Molly LaJeunesse, Hugo Kennedy, Wren Kennedy, Charles Kennedy; and sibling Shirla Jones.  In addition, she leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family.

A memorial visitation for family and friends will be held at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home on Friday, February 16, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; and on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 10:00 am until the time of the Celebration of Life at 11:00 am at Versailles Baptist Church.  Memorial contributions can be made to Versailles Baptist Church or Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Harry N. “Buddy” Henderson, 90, of Osgood passed away at 12:20 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2024 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. He was born in the Cedar Creek Community south of Osgood on November 17, 1933 the son of Harry and Grace Breece Henderson. He was married to Dorothy Monroe on August 27, 1955 and she preceded him in death on April 14, 2010. He was married to Linda Hudson Mulford on January 22, 2011 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Jim Henderson of Osgood; step-children Teresa (Jeff) Brisker of New Lexington, Ohio, Tim Mulford of Versailles, Missy (Tim) Keith of Osgood, Scott (Sandy) Mulford of Versailles, and Mindy (Wayne) Gunter of Osgood; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister Evelyn (Dean) Miller of Osgood. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother Emmett Henderson, and his sister Betty Moore. Mr. Henderson was a 1951 graduate of  Versailles High School. Buddy began his working career with Osgood Grain and retired after 30 years with Cummins Engine in Columbus. He also served in the US Navy form 1955 to 1957. In his younger years Buddy enjoyed his motorcycle and he and Dorothy took several road trips. He was quite the competitor and loved playing horseshoes and euchre. Buddy was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church for most of his life. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mark Shonk and Buddy’s nephew Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Cedar Creek Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert L. Smith, 79, of the Hopewell Community near Holton passed away at 7 a.m., Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the Columbus Regional Hospital. He was born on the farm where he spent his entire life on March 26, 1944, the son of Raymond and Leona Meyer Smith. He was married to Clara Campbell Hauser on May 24, 1986 and she preceded him in death on April 8, 2021. Survivors include one step-son James (Barbara) Campbell of Indianapolis; three step-daughters Roxanna Collins and her fiancé Jack Granger of Lawrenceburg, Virginia (Rick) Koors of Greensburg, and Bonnie (Tim) Bolt of Holton; daughter-in-law Connie Hauser of Versailles; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister Zella Wyatt of Greensburg.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, step-sons David Hildebrand and Bobby Hauser, son-in-law Brian Scott Collins,his brother Lawrence “Bud” Smith, and his sister Evelyn Comer. Mr. Smith was a 1963 graduate of Holton High School. His working career spanned many years, working for Arvin Industries in Madison and for nearly 40 years with Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg, while also operating his farm. Bob was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and had served with the Indiana National Guard. He loved his extended family along with all the grandchildren, all who loved him likewise. Bob’s heart was always at home and with his farm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Luke Koors officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Martha Jean Jarvis, age 86 of Cross Plains, Indiana, passed away peacefully at Columbus Regional Hospital with her family by her side. Martha Jean entered into this life on October 1, 1937 in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of Chester and Lena Diem Eaton. She graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1955. On May 2, 1959 she was united in marriage to Dale “Plug” Jarvis, Jr., and enjoyed living on a farm in Dewberry. Martha Jean worked different jobs including clerical work at Southeastern Indiana REMC and as a teacher’s aide at Versailles Elementary. She raised her family as a stay-at-home mom and wife. She later enjoyed working with people at Friendship Grocery, Mr. Fred’s Food Mart, and then retired from the Ripley County Auditor’s Office. In her retired years she worked as the church secretary at St Paul Lutheran Church, Olean. Martha Jean will be missed by her four daughters: Kimberley (Ed) Schwering of Osgood, Karol Jarvis of Dillsboro, Karen (Greg) Huntington of Versailles, and Kristina (Tim) Wood of Cross Plains; grandchildren Brian (Cassie) and Brandon Wood, Kaitlyn and Mackenzie Black, Josh and Caleb (Courtney) Huntington, and Matthew Wood; sisters Patsy Hyatt and Alice (Leon) Gray; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Dale “Plug” Jarvis, Jr.; parents Chester and Lena Eaton; father and mother-in-law Dale and Leona Jarvis; brother Alan Eaton; sister-in-law Mary “Pooch” Jarvis, and brother-in-law James Hyatt. Martha Jean was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean. She volunteered as a 4-H leader for many years and loved to attend the county and state fairs. She enjoyed spending time with her family, socializing with friends, reading, crocheting, and playing games with her grandchildren. Services for Martha Jean will be held Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean, with Rev. Dr. Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Shirley A. Dunbar, 90, of Osgood passed away at 12:07 a.m., Friday, January 26, 2024 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born in Osgood on July 29, 1933, the daughter of Roy and Myrtle Kaster Jenks. She was married to Donald Dunbar on December 31, 1954 and he preceded her in death on August 28, 2021. Survivors include three daughters Brenda (Rex) Strimple of Holton, Debbie (Paul) Hardy of Osgood, and Lucinda Dunbar of West Harrison; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ronald (Janie) Jenks of Milan and Richard (Ann) Jenks of New Albany; one sister Eileen Ogden of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Dunbar was a 1951 graduate of Osgood High School. When first out of high school she moved to Cincinnati and did clerical work for Proctor & Gamble. When she returned home her working career spanned many years working at Hewitt’s Malt Shop in Versailles and as an office manager for Chris Volz Motors in Milan. She and Donald were also co-owners of the Dunbar & Bultman Dairy in Osgood, but Shirley was best known in the community as the owner and operator of the Card & Gift Gallery in Osgood. She enjoyed her family and especially loved tending to her flowers. She and Donald also showed antiques at many shows and malls in the tri-state area. Shirley was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood, the Osgood Historical Museum, and Shirley spent many years as a Girl Scout leader in the Osgood community.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Mud Pike Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Memorials may be given to Our Hospice of Southcentral  Indiana or the Osgood Historical Museum in care of the funeral home.

 

Zelphia Earline Copeland, 79. of Versailles passed away at 10:15 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2023 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born at Oneida in Clay County, Kentucky on December 27, 1944, the daughter of Nevel and Edna Sawyers Pennington. She was married to Kenneth Copeland on August 23, 1963 and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2020. Survivors include three daughters Sandy Copeland of St. Paul, Carla (Steve) Miller of Osgood, and Darla Copeland of Versailles; one son Kenneth “Sam” (Amy) Copeland of Versailles; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ruick (Gwen) Pennington of Elrod and Tony (Sherri) Pennington of Milan; six sisters Joyce (Jerry) Vogel and Teri Cutter (Terry Stutler) both of Versailles, Cheryl (Dana) Hooton, Judy Wright, and Shelly (Darrell) Smith all of Madison, and Pat (Jeff) Owens of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister Katherine Jordan. Mrs. Copeland was a 1962 graduate of Milan High School and was a former employee of the Versailles and Dillsboro IGA stores. She and Kenny operated a grocery store in Cross Plains and she also assisted Kenny in the operation of Copeland Excavating in Versailles. Earline was active in Republican politics serving as Ripley County Treasurer for two terms and also was Ripley County Clerk for one year. She had also served as Deputy Recorder, Deputy Clerk, and served as bailiff for the Ripley Superior Court. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, reading, and winning at euchre. Earline was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church and was a member and past president of the Ripley County Republican Women’s Club. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the Methodist Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. Memorials may be given to the cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Geneva Faye Weiland, 94, of Versailles passed away at 5 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born in Hazard, Kentucky on January 13, 1930, the daughter of Homer and Ethel Noble Davis. She was married to Bill Weiland and he preceded her in death on January 2, 1989. Survivors include cousins Charles (Meredith) Begley of Lawrenceburg, David (Maegan) Begley of Lawrenceburg, and James (Emily) Begley of Bright, along with several other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her cousin Jaclyn Renee Begley. Mrs. Weiland graduated high school in Cincinnati in 1947. Her working career spanned several years, working as a secretary for Rish Equipment and also for Sade Supply in Cincinnati. She and Bill also owned and operated a grocery store in Price Hill and after moving to Versailles, they owned and operated Palm Gardens on the square in Versailles. Geneva liked to have fun and was always the life of the party. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 12 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Marthleen “Martie” Ater, 81, of Milan passed away at 2 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2024 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 27, 1942, the daughter of Sydney and Evelyn Norcutt Redburn. She was married to Louis Ater on May 5, 1963 and he preceded her in death on September 12, 1992. Survivors include four sons, Lane (Ruth) Ater of Jeffersonville, Larry (Joline) Ater of Killeen, Texas, Louis (Stacy) Ater of Evansville, and Lance Ater of Austin; one daughter Kirsten Frazier of Erlanger, Kentucky; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Rodney Priest. Mrs. Ater was a 1960 graduate of Shepherdsville (Ky) High School. After raising her family, Martie returned to school and received her Associates Degree from Ivy Tech to become an LPN. Her working career spanned many years, serving in nursing homes in Scottsburg and Louisville and working locally for Advantage Health Care. Martie was a very giving person, and especially loved helping others and taking care of and cooking for her family, friends, and anyone else who was nearby. Her main focus in life was her relentless faith and love for the Lord. Martie was a member of the Cavehill Church of God and attended the Bridge of Hope as long as her health would allow. Her wishes were to be cremated and burial will take place on February 1st at Raymond Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster, Kentucky at 12PM Central Time. In addition, there will be a memorial service at the Kingdom Life Church in Sellersburg, Indiana on Tuesday, January 30th from 3PM to 8PM Eastern Time. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials and donations to the donor’s choice or to the Ater family in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, Indiana.

 

Kohen Wes Schmidt, 3 months, of Milan passed away Monday, January 15, 2024 at his home. He was born at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on October 17, 2023, the son of Steven Schmidt and Marissa Struckman. Other survivors include Grandparents; Josh and Jessica Schmidt, David (Tina) Struckman, Jessica (Kenny) Powers, Great Grandparents; Cindy Starkey, Marilyn Struckman, Steve and Kathy Franklin, Richard and Linda Schmidt, Great Great Grandparents; Raymond and Jessie Zapfe and Liz Grossman, Aunts; Abbie (Damon) Schmidt, Desiree (Kenny) Struckman, Tianna (Jared) Struckman, Mya (Rodney) Gambrel Uncles; Easton Schmidt and David Struckman and many more loved ones. He was preceded in death by his Great-Great Grandparents Ralph Starkey, Andy Grossman, Lloyd and Luella Franklin, Great Grandparents; Cletus Struckman, Rena-Mae Struckman and Uncles Timmothy Starkey and Michael Struckman. His funeral will be 11:00am Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with visitation starting at 9am. Memorials may be given to the Donor’s Choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Patricia Ann Patterson, 86, of Versailles passed away peacefully at 3:35AM, Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, IN. Born on August 10, 1937 in Holton, IN, she is the daughter of Clara (Beach) and Frank Downey. Following her graduation from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, Patricia attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. On June 29, 1957, she married her loving husband, Norman L. Patterson, of 66 years, at Westwood Baptist Church. Residing in Cincinnati, Patricia played for the Cincinnati Symphony of Orchestra and was a member of the Westwood Baptist Church for 21 years where she was the Lead Pianist in conjunction with her husband who served as the Music Minister. She and Norman continued serving in similar roles for 22 years at Harvest Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH. In 2013, Patricia and Norman moved to Versailles, IN to be closer to her home roots and became members of the Dabney Baptist Church. There, she continued to fulfill her passion for music by serving as the pianist for several years. Her greatest joy in life was serving the Lord, in which she repeatedly told family and friends to, “Keep God and Jesus in the center of your life.” She was a loving wife, affectionate mother, admired grandmother, treasured great-grandmother, and a faithful follower in Jesus Christ. Survivors include her husband Norman L. Patterson of Versailles, IN; son David Patterson of Holton, IN; sister Barbara Sterchi of Winston-Salem, NC; daughter-in-law Sharon Patterson of Harrison, OH; grandchildren Tiffany (Brian) Datilio, Clarice Patterson, Rebekah Patterson, and Abraham Patterson; and great-grandchild Vincent Datilio. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son Norman F. Patterson. Funeral services at Dabney Baptist Church and the burial at Dabney Cemetery will be private. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Music Ministry or the Dabney Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles

 

 

 

 Michael R. Sanders, 70, of Versailles passed away Sunday, January 7, 2024 at his home with his loving wife of 50 years. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on April 29, 1953, the son of Raymond Jr. and Mary Black Sanders. He was married to Evie Demaree on April 14, 1973. Other survivors include two sons, Shawn (Hannah) Sanders of Whiteland, Craig Sanders of Greenfield and a daughter, Stacy (Aaron) Coffman of Kokomo; 8 grandchildren; two sisters, Linda (Charles) Shockey of Indianapolis and Patty Renfro (Madison); one brother Dennis (Lisa) Sanders of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mike was a 1972 graduate of South Ripley High School and was employed as a journeyman lineman with the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood for 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his best friend John Cornett and hunting arrowheads with his good friend Jeff Furnish, but his greatest joy in life was his wife, children, and grandchildren. Mike was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church. Mike's wishes were to be cremated and there will be private services at a later date with burial in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles

 

Patricia Ann Patterson, 86, of Versailles passed away peacefully at 3:35AM, Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, IN. Born on August 10, 1937 in Holton, IN, she is the daughter of Clara (Beach) and Frank Downey. Following her graduation from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, Patricia attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. On June 29, 1957, she married her loving husband, Norman L. Patterson, of 66 years, at Westwood Baptist Church. Residing in Cincinnati, Patricia played for the Cincinnati Symphony of Orchestra and was a member of the Westwood Baptist Church for 21 years where she was the Lead Pianist in conjunction with her husband who served as the Music Minister. She and Norman continued serving in similar roles for 22 years at Harvest Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH. In 2013, Patricia and Norman moved to Versailles, IN to be closer to her home roots and became members of the Dabney Baptist Church. There, she continued to fulfill her passion for music by serving as the pianist for several years. Her greatest joy in life was serving the Lord, in which she repeatedly told family and friends to, “Keep God and Jesus in the center of your life.” She was a loving wife, affectionate mother, admired grandmother, treasured great-grandmother, and a faithful follower in Jesus Christ. Survivors include her husband Norman L. Patterson of Versailles, IN; son David Patterson of Holton, IN; sister Barbara Sterchi of Winston-Salem, NC; daughter-in-law Sharon Patterson of Harrison, OH; grandchildren Tiffany (Brian) Datilio, Clarice Patterson, Rebekah Patterson, and Abraham Patterson; and great-grandchild Vincent Datilio. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son Norman F. Patterson. Funeral services at Dabney Baptist Church and the burial at Dabney Cemetery will be private. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Music Ministry or the Dabney Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles

 

 Kohen Wes Schmidt, 3 months, of Milan passed away Monday, January 15, 2024 at his home. He was born at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on October 17, 2023, the son of Steven Schmidt and Marissa Struckman. Other survivors include Grandparents; Josh and Jessica Schmidt, David (Tina) Struckman, Jessica (Kenny) Powers, Great Grandparents; Cindy Starkey, Marilyn Struckman, Steve and Kathy Franklin, Richard and Linda Schmidt, Great Great Grandparents; Raymond and Jessie Zapfe and Liz Grossman, Aunts; Abbie (Damon) Schmidt, Desiree (Kenny) Struckman, Tianna (Jared) Struckman, Mya (Rodney) Gambrel Uncles; Easton Schmidt and David Struckman and many more loved ones. He was preceded in death by his Great-Great Grandparents Ralph Starkey, Andy Grossman, Lloyd and Luella Franklin, Great Grandparents; Cletus Struckman, Rena-Mae Struckman and Uncles Timmothy Starkey and Michael Struckman. His funeral will be 11:00am Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with visitation starting at 9am. Memorials may be given to the Donor’s Choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Marthleen “Martie” Ater, 81, of Milan passed away at 2 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2024 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 27, 1942, the daughter of Sydney and Evelyn Norcutt Redburn. She was married to Louis Ater on May 5, 1963 and he preceded her in death on September 12, 1992. Survivors include four sons, Lane (Ruth) Ater of Jeffersonville, Larry (Joline) Ater of Killeen, Texas, Louis (Stacy) Ater of Evansville, and Lance Ater of Austin; one daughter Kirsten Frazier of Erlanger, Kentucky; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Rodney Priest. Mrs. Ater was a 1960 graduate of Shepherdsville (Ky) High School. After raising her family, Martie returned to school and received her Associates Degree from Ivy Tech to become an LPN. Her working career spanned many years, serving in nursing homes in Scottsburg and Louisville and working locally for Advantage Health Care. Martie was a very giving person, and especially loved helping others and taking care of and cooking for her family, friends, and anyone else who was nearby. Her main focus in life was her relentless faith and love for the Lord. Martie was a member of the Cavehill Church of God and attended the Bridge of Hope as long as her health would allow. Her wishes were to be cremated and burial will take place on February 1st at Raymond Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster, Kentucky at 12PM Central Time. In addition, there will be a memorial service at the Kingdom Life Church in Sellersburg, Indiana on Tuesday, January 30th from 3PM to 8PM Eastern Time. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials and donations to the donor’s choice or to the Ater family in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, Indiana.