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Partha Lou Swingle, 83, of Olean passed away at 1:55am, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. She was born in Peotone, Illinois on Sunday, October 14, 1934 the daughter of Carl and Marjorie Handlon Benham. She was married to Robert Bradford who preceded her in death, and on December 14, 1963 she was married to Arthur Swingle and he survives. Other survivors include two sons David (Lynnette Young) Swingle of Versailles and Duane (Christy) Swingle of Sunman; three daughters Barbara (Eddie) Smith of Cross Plains, Janet (Dennis) Hewitt of Versailles, and Dianna (Mark) Jeffries of Olean; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother Jerry (Sharon) Benham of Aurora. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Carlene, and her step-mother Velta Benham. Mrs. Swingle was a 1952 graduate of Versailles High School. Partha was a full time mom and also worked at the Jefferson Proving Ground where she did clerical work. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed being part of the local card club. Partha was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 16 at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will also be on Friday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Rev. Rand Hooton, 74, of Versailles passed away at 6:30am, Friday, February 9, 2018 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on Tuesday, July 13, 1943 the son of Damon and Ruth Laswell Hooton. He was married to Rosalie Henderson on June 14, 1968, and his wife of 49 years survives. Other survivors include one son Damon Hooton of Versailles; two daughters Dyveke (Mike) Cox of Martinsville and Charity (Bill) McGannon of Bloomington; four grandchildren Evan, Lauren, and Benjamin Cox, and Lillian McGannon; his mother-in-law Genelle Henderson of Versailles; three brothers Berke (Judy) Hooton of Nashville, Dana (Cheryl) Hooton of Madison, and Rob ( Linda) Hunger of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents,  his father-in-law Chester Henderson, and his sisters Elyse Hooton and Lolita Hooton. Mr. Hooton was a 1961 graduate of Milan High School. He received his BA degree in social studies from Purdue University in 1971. Rand was a long time employee of Williamson Heating and Air in Madison and also worked at ITT Thompson in North Vernon. In 1982 he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and spent the rest of his career as a pastor. From 1980 to 2010 he pastored the Burney Baptist Church and had also served interim pastorates in Rising Sun, Osgood, and Richmond. Rand was currently a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a 24 year member of the Burney Fire Department and had also belonged to the Milford Masonic Lodge. He also spent several summers as a counselor and pastor for the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp at Westport. Funeral services for Rand will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp in care of the funeral home.

 

Hope Marie Gammons, 79, of Versailles passed away at 4:20am, Friday, February 9, 2018 at her home. She was born at Cross Plains on August 18, 1938 the daughter of Harold and Mae Cooper Melton. She was married to Edward Jolly who preceded her in death on March 16, 2003. She was married to Norris Gammons on February 12, 2006 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Mark McClure of Shelbyville; two daughters Pam (Randy) Bressert of Versailles and Brenda Vaughn of Seymour; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; four step-sons Rick Jolly of Hazard, Kentucky, Charles Jolly of Versailles, Jeff (Michelle) Gammons of Milan, and Anthony (Jamie) Gammons of Vevay; three step-daughters Lisa (Dennis) Sanders of Versailles, Linda (Ervin) Pettit of Moores Hill, and Cindy (Rachid) Cushing of Cleves, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Harold Melton, Jr. and Lee Allen Melton, and her sister Kathy Melton Burton. Mrs. Gammons attended the Cross Plains School. She was a homemaker and did baby sitting in the Versailles and Cross Plains communities. She also was an employee of US Shoe in Vevay and Osgood for 30 years. Marie was a lifelong member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12th at 11am at the Cross Plains Church of Christ with Bro. Logan Fugate officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Church of Christ or the Salem Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Dale A. Heber, 95, of Dabney passed away at 10:15am, Monday, January 29, 2018 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. He was born in Cincinnati on January 23, 1923 the son of George and Ann Gilb Heber. He was married to Imogene Vanosdol on April 26, 1947 and his wife of 70 years survives. Other survivors include one son Jerry Heber of Madison; one daughter Doris Callis Jensen of Madison; his son-in-law Michael McKee of Florida; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jean McKee, and his sister Juanita Middleton. Mr. Heber was an Army veteran of WWII where he served in the 49th Combat Engineer Battalion as a Sergeant. His unit participated in battles at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and the Ardennes. For service to his country Dale was awarded the American Defense Ribbon, the EAME Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Arrowhead. Dale was discharged from the Army on December 8, 1945. In civilian life Dale was a farmer and also worked as a CNA at the Madison State Hospital for 34 years, retiring in 1985. Dale was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 2nd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Osgood with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Paul J. Morris died Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born July 13, 1941 to Ruth (Smith) and Albert J. Morris who preceded him in death.  He graduated from Versailles High School in 1959. Paul was a builder and creator and always had a pencil and notepad close by to jot down ideas.    From laying hardwood in his daughter’s homes to reconstructing historical cabins to spending time operating his backhoe, Paul collected items others would often discard, saving them for just the right project.  His favorite projects included rebuilding a historical stone bridge and creating “Paul Henge,” a collection of well tops that shows the exact change of seasons.  It’s built to align perfectly with the angle of sunlight on the solstice and equinox, similar to Neolithic stone circles. In addition to building projects, Paul had many enterprises over the years.  He farmed, worked for Farm Bureau Insurance and was a national distributor for Bosch Lights, making lifelong friends at farm shows throughout the Midwest. Paul also loved traveling and telling stories.  His story telling was legendary and he always enjoyed sharing experiences and memories with friends and family. He traveled abroad and across the United States with his favorite trip being to Alaska in 2016.  He was an involved community member and a member of the Indiana Freemasons fraternity.  He was inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He is survived by his special friend, Karla Shelpman, daughters Paula (David) Hall of St. Charles, IL and Amy (Jeff) Liter of Batesville, IN and grandchildren Austin (Meen) Hall, Allison (Brandon) Woods and Meg Liter. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Prarat Morris, and his brother, Ken Morris. Visitation will be Saturday, February 3 from 10am-12pm at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with a service immediately following at 12pm. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Holton Cemetery.

 

Phyllis Utter, 81, of Versailles passed away at 7:25am, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Holton on February 13, 1936 the daughter of John and Minnie Beach Gross. She was married to Robert Ensinger in 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 4, 1994. She was married to Jim Utter on October 24, 1998 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Diana (Tim) Lawler of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Chris (Carolyn) Foster of Chandler, Arizona, Brent (Chrissy) Foster of Herndon, Virginia, Katrina (Jeff) Savage and Brandy Herbert both of Versailles; 5 great-grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren; one step-son Jamie (Ruth) Utter of Park City, Montana; three step-daughters Peggy (Chad) Day of Covington, Kentucky, Becky (Steve) Chipman of Dillsboro, and Beverly Utter of Covington, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Michael Ensinger, and her brothers Robert Gross and Earl Gross. Mrs. Utter was a 1954 graduate of Holton High School. She once worked as a cook for the Jac-Cen-Del schools and finished her career as an administrative assistant for Contel Telephone in Versailles and Greensburg, a position she had for 14 years. In their retirement years Jim and Phyllis enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and throughout the continental United States. Phyllis was a member of the Osgood First Baptist Church, the Osgood-Versailles Eastern Star, and was a former member of the Osgood Beautification Committee. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 11am at the Osgood First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Osgood First Baptist Church or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Roy J. Wade, 86, of Holton passed away at 5:10am, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. He was born at Sullivan, Illinois on July 16, 1931 the son of Harvey and Josephine West Wade. Survivors include one son Tim (Karla) Wade of Burlington, Oklahoma; two daughters Gail Snyder of West Harrison, and Lisa (Roger) McQueen of Laurel; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one sister Betty Friend of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Danny. Mr. Wade was a tool & die maker. He was a former employee of Arvins in North Vernon and retired in 2009 after 36 years with Delta Faucet in Greensburg. His hobbies included building muzzle loading rifles and he enjoyed horseback riding on his farm west of Dabney. Roy attended the Shelby Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29th at 11am at the Shelby Christian Church with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will begin at 9am Monday and will also at the Shelby Christian Church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Dana M. Montgomery, 47, of Aurora passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Madison on March 31, 1970 the daughter of Donald and Ola Vae Roark Simon. She was married to Mark Montgomery on July 9, 2005 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Tiffany Barrett of Aurora; one son Nelson Montgomery of Aurora; one grandson Cooper Alan Burst; her in-laws William and Linda Montgomery of Franklin and George and Joyce Wonnell of Greensburg; three brothers James (Cindy) Simon, Wayne (Brenda) Simon, and Vincent (Kelli) Simon all of Osgood; four sisters Karen (James) Dyer of Greensburg, Shirley (Darren) Hornberger of Osgood, Donna (Lonnie) Sparks of Holton, and Barbie (Ryan) Bultman of Greensburg; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve and Terri Hake of Aurora, Leeann and George Bayne of Greensburg, and William Montgomery, Jr. of Aurora, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece Chelsa Simon. Mrs. Montgomery was a 1988 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and received her LPN degree from Ivy Tech. She worked as an LPN at the Heritage House of Greensburg for 15 years, retiring in 2012 due to health reasons. Dana enjoyed her time with her large family and for fun she enjoyed visiting the riverboats, playing euchre, and bingo. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 25th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Dana’s brother-in-law Lonnie Sparks will officiate the service. Burial will be in the Hogan Hill Cemetery at Moores Hill. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Leona E. Watson, 93, of Columbus, formerly of Osgood, passed away at 1pm, Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County on April 13, 1924 the daughter of Ulys and Bessie McFarland Spencer. She was married to Clint Watson on August 21, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2011. Survivors include one daughter Ann Johnson of Columbus; three sons Clark (Franka) Watson of Sentinel, Oklahoma, Paul (Karen) Watson of Dillsboro, and Norman (Karen) Watson of Pell City, Alabama; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roy Spencer, and her sisters Norma Lee Leap and Pearl Herring. Mrs. Watson retired from US Shoe in Osgood. Leona was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Versailles of which she and Clint were founding members. She was also a member of the Osgood-Versailles Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Carter Corbrey officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Tuesday from 11am until time of services. The Eastern Star will conduct services at 1pm Tuesday, immediately before the funeral. Memorials may be given to the First Southern Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Eula Sizemore, 75, of Osgood passed away at 7:32am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Manderley Health Care in Osgood. She was born in Linefork, Kentucky on May 9th, 1942 the daughter of Lue and Arnie Caudill Roark. Survivors include three sons; Randy (Lisa) Sizemore of Holton, Robert (Billie) Sizemore of Versailles and Edward Sizemore of Versailles, several grandchildren l; one great grandson; seven sisters; Lola Cook of Harrison, Ohio, Bonnie Kieffer of Holton, Thelma Osbourne of Vevay, Georgia Sparks of Osgood, Tina Wingate of Bennington, Bonnita Halcomb of Linefork, Kentucky and Martha Hammons of Canaan, five brothers; Harley Roark of Holton, John Roark of Madison, Joe Roark of Osgood, Jim Roark of Holton and Mark Roark of Linefork, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son; Joe, three sisters; Anna Mae Ahaus, Dana Craig and Ola Simon. Ms. Sizemore worked for more than 25 years at US Shoe in Osgood and retired from Madison Precision. Eula was a member of the Madison American Legion Auxiliary, Madison VFW Auxilary, Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church, and Madison Eagles. Eula loved to play Bingo, and loved to be with her family and friends.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 11:00am at Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Wingate officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday starting at 9:00am at the church. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Little Memory Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.  

 

Larry T. Lothridge, 72, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born at Turner Station in Carroll County, Kentucky on November 7, 1945 the son of James Robert “Jim Bob” and Daisy Gully Bostic Lothridge. Survivors include one son; Chris (Audrey) of Versailles, one daughter; Charity (Andrew) Jones of Ozark, AL, step children; Terry Ford of Covington, KY, Amy (Steve) Kippler of Aurora, and Scott (Marlene) Ford of Milan, Daughter in law Sherry DeMoss of Osgood, 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, wives; Nancy Carol Martin and Ruth Ann Grace, three children; Tammy, Jerry, and Delbert Lothridge. Mr. Lothridge retired from Hil-Rom in 1996. Larry loved being with his family and being outside, whether fishing or visiting at Brownings Camp Ground. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 12th, at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Irvin Hart of the New Testament Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Green Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 12 noon until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Lillie M. Magner Falch, 88, of Cross Plains passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born in Cincinnati on September 6, 1929 the daughter of Dave Bates and Pearlie McIntosh Carra. She was married to Melvin Magner on August 28, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 1993, then she married Carl Falch on October 22, 1994 and he preceded her in death on September 30, 2009. Other survivors include two sons Michael (Pam Burnett) Magner of Cross Plains and Keith (Becky) Magner of Cincinnati; four daughters Karen Philip (Kenny Riddell) of Cross Plains, Carolyn Polly of Lawrenceburg, Tresa Kirby (Ron Wolfe) and Tammy Houston (Kevin Shea) of Cincinnati, 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers Rudolph Bates and Woodrow Bates, and three sisters Allie Miller, Beatrice Head and Ruby Done. Mrs. Falch retired as a seamstress from Ficks Reed Furniture Company. Lillie was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, and the Legion and AmVets Auxiliary.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 11:00am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Visitation will be on Tuesday starting at 9:00am at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

 Wanda LaVerne Shook, 77, of Benham passed away at 12:45am, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. She was born in the family home in Canaan on November 26, 1940 the daughter of Harold and Robena Cole Ferris. She was married to Harold “Tony” Shook on March 6, 1961 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2012. Other survivors include one son Michael (Debby) Shook of Milhousen; three daughters Theresa (Kevin Dale) Shook-Elza of Versailles, Julie (Robert) McConnell of Sunman, Amanda (Ronald) Lawson of Benham; 7 grandchildren Bobbie Lynn Shook, Amy Jo Shook, Mika Sue Shook, Ashley Elza, Zachary Elza, Roger Lee McConnell and Iva Marie McConnell; six great grandchildren; two sisters Connie Bentley of Madison, Penny Jo Brim of Canaan; sister in law Eleanor Ferris of Canaan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gale Ferris; two brothers in laws Donald Bentley and Danny Brim. Mrs. Shook was a 1958 graduate of Central High School in Madison. Wanda was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church, the Benham blue Bells, UMC women, Versailles Eastern Star and numerous Card Clubs. Her grandchildren loved her baking and especially her yeast rolls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Benham United Methodist Church with Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday starting at 10:00am at the church. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.