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Ida Evans Holdsworth, 99, of Versailles passed away at 8pm, Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Crown Pointe Assisted Living Center in Greensburg. She was born at Newport, Kentucky on August 21, 1917 the daughter of Edward and Rilla Messmer. She was married to Claude Evans who preceded her in death and then was married to Duke Holdsworth on August 23, 1973 and he also preceded her in death. Survivors include one step-son Gary (Patsy) Holdsworth of Versailles; two grandsons Scott (Kara) Holdsworth of Greensburg and Brian (Stacy) Holdsworth of Zionsville; 4 great-grandchildren Macy, Chancey, Jocelyn, and Braden, also her brother-in-law Gilbert Laycock of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.  She was also preceded In death by her parents, her sister Grace Laycock, and her brother Edward Messmer. Mrs. Holdsworthwas a former employee of  Neustadt- Loring- Andrews Jewelers in Cincinnati and retired after 45 years with the purchasing department of Krogers in Cincinnati. She had enjoyed traveling in her lifetime including trips to Europe. Her hobbies included solving and framing Thomas Kincaid oil painting puzzles, crocheting, embroidery, and quilting. For 93 years of her life Ida was a member of the United Methodist Church, first in Southgate, Kentucky and after moving to Versailles she became a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Versailles Eastern Star. Eastern Star services will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles followed by funeral services with Rev. Mike Dixon officiating. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Graveside services will be on Wednesday at 2pm at the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, Kentucky. Memorials may be given to the Decatur-Shelby County Hospice or the Tyson United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Joseph B. Cook, 66, of Seymour passed away at 5:40am Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. He was born in Cincinnati on January 13, 1951 the son of Joseph T. and Anna Miller Cook. He is survived by his brother David (Jackie) Cook of Versailles. He was also preceded in death by his sister Joan Cook, his brother Fabian Cook, and his niece Amanda Cook. Joseph was a longtime resident of the Elm Street Group Home in Seymour. He was a former participant in the Special Olympics and his favorite “things” included drinking soda pops, listening to Christmas music, and enjoying all kinds of Christmas trees. Visitation for Joseph will be from 10am to 11am Monday, May 22nd at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Entombment will follow at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.

 

Walter Lee Fugate IV 10 week old son of Walter III and Missy Ballard Fugate of Holton passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at his home. Walter Lee was born at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg on February 27, 2017. Besides his parents he is also survived by his sisters Alexis and Zoey at home; paternal grandparents Walter Jr. and Dawn Fugate of Dayton, Ohio; maternal grandmother Cindy Ballard of Bennington; paternal great-grandmothers Janice West of Batesville and Mary Fugate of Dayton, Ohio; maternal great-grandmother Melva Sipple of Bright; also surviving are Walter Lee’s aunts and uncles Latasha Whipple of Vevay, Amanda Whipple and Harold Ballard of Bennington, Mindy Campbell of Dillsboro, Glen Fugate of Branchville, Kim Fugate of Lawrenceburg, Megan Fugate of Dayton, Ohio, and achariah Fugate of Versailles. A celebration of Walter Lee’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean officiating. Visitation will be from 4pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

 

Ruth Helen Risk, 90, of Versailles passed away at 11:30am, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Aspen Health Campus in Greensburg. She was born at Holton on October 23, 1926 the daughter of John and Olive Colbert Fields. She was married to Glenn Risk on September 11, 1951 and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Norman, Charles, and John Fields, and her sisters Mary Walker, Wilma Gault, and Georgia Robb. Mrs. Risk was a 1944 graduate of Holton High School. She was a homemaker and had formerly worked as an Underwriter Claims Adjuster. Helen was a member of the Do-A-Lot Home Ec club and the Ripley County Red Hatters. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 8th at 3pm at the Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Lawrence J. Strong, 87, of Batesville passed away at 8:55pm Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Chardon, Ohio on January 6, 1930 the son of Robert and Ellen Mark Strong. He was married to Mary Ellen Curran Cave on March 21, 1998 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Becky Strong of Orlando, Florida; three sons Steve (Mary) Strong and Allyn (Jine) Strong both of Orlando, and Dennis (Janet) Strong of Pensacola, Florida; one step-son Jim (Lumi) Smith of Fairmont, West Virginia; one step-daughter Rebecca (Scott) Krohn of Batesville; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one sister Ellen, and two brothers Paul and Bill both of Cleveland, Tennessee. Mr. Strong was retired from DA Lubricants in Indianapolis where he worked in sales. Lawrence’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Robert E. Lafary, Jr., 65, of Versailles passed away at 11:50pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home. He was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on October 29, 1951 the son of Robert and Donna Jo Bonfer Lafary. He was married to Kris Ford on March 24, 1990 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Donna Jo Lafary of Versailles; one son Rob Lafary of Versailles; two daughters Amy Jo Lafary of Champaign, Illinois, and Faith Renee Lafary of Versailles; one sister Lisa (Butch) Allee of Versailles;  nephews Dustin and Dane Allee, his niece Shannon (Allee) Benham and his great-nieces Emma, Allee, Ella, and Ava. He is also survived by numerous individuals who considered him a father figure or simply referred to him as "Uncle Bobby." Mr. Lafary was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School and a 1971 graduate of Northwood University. Bob spent his career as a professional musician for 53 years and more specifically a professional drummer. He founded his first band the Steppin Stones as a teenager and in recent years headed the Bob Lafary Trio, playing several venues in the tri-state area. Away from music, he previously managed numerous hotels and restaurants throughout Southern Indiana, is a former employee and coach in the South Ripley Community School Corporation and was a licensed IHSAA baseball and softball umpire. Bob was an inductee of the Southeast Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame and he also attended the Versailles Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the South Ripley Music Boosters to aid in their goal of purchasing new drums for the band or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Norman E. Comer, 91, of Greensburg passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. He was born at home near Osgood on September 17, 1925 the son of George and Dorathea Thielbar Comer. He was married to Hazel Doyle on June 18, 1949 and she preceded him in death on February 22, 2013. Survivors include one son Duane (Joyce) Comer of Greensburg; three daughters Cynthia (Tom) Rimstidt of Osgood, Linda (Fred) Cook of Canton, Ohio, and Vickie Youngman and her fiancé Randy Lynd of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; one sister Mabel Flick of Holton; two brothers Gayle (Barbara) Comer of Deerfield Lake, Florida, and Leroy (Louise) Comer of Osgood; He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Leonard and Clarence Comer. Mr. Comer was a 1943 graduate of Osgood High School and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agriculture in 1949. Norman was a former educator teaching agriculture and science in Osgood and Milton, Indiana school systems for 9 years. In his working career he also served 7 years as the Decatur County Assistant   Extension Agent, assistant manager of the Decatur County Farm Bureau Co-op for 3 years, Superintendent of roads for the Decatur County Highway Department, and for 3 years was a substitute mail carrier for the post office in Decatur County. Norman also worked as a farm loan officer for Union Bank & Trust for 15 years. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Smyrna where he served as president of the Church Council, a member of the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association, Decatur County Rural Couples Club, and the Decatur County Farm Bureau. He was an 8 year member and  president of the Decatur County School Board, former member and treasurer of the Decatur County Red Cross and a former member of the Indiana Bankers Association. Norman was a 4-H member and leader for 56 years and was a founding leader of the Smyrna Guys and Gals 4-H club. Norman was recognized as an International Ambassador by People to People International, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace through international understanding. His wife Hazel and he had conducted national and international tours for 25 years. With his brother Clarence he represented Indiana in the National Plowing Contest for 11 years. Hazel and he were vendors at the farmers market in both Osgood and Batesville.  Norman was an ambassador and first resident volunteer at Aspen Place where he has resided the last four years. Funeral services for Norman will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Smyrna with Doug Brougher, worship leader officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home and from 10am until time of services Saturday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Smyrna. Memorials may be given to the Shriner’s Hospital, St. Paul Lutheran Church, or Our Hospice of Decatur/Shelby in care of the funeral home.
 

 

Carol “Buzz” Lohrum, 82 of Elrod, passed away Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at his residence. He was born at Elrod, Indiana on April 27th, 1934 the son Albert Sr. and Eunice Rebekkah Elrod Lohrum.  He married Judy Cooley on September 6thn 1957 in St. George, Utah and she preceded him in death on November 11th, 2015. Survivors include his three sons; Rick, Roger, and Glen (Terri), one daughter; Brenda Lohrum, all of Milan, six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, one brother; Vic Lohrum of Milan, two sisters; Linda Bruce of Versailles and Alice (Don) Mathias of Dillsboro. Mr. and Mrs. Lohrum also helped raise Mitch and Mike Beagley and his sister in law Paula Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife as well as three brothers. Buzz retired from Pernod Ricard in Lawrenceburg, he and his wife owned and operated Elrod Superette, Lohrum’s Amoco; he also worked at Aurora Casket Company, Batesville Casket Company but Mr. Lohrum loved to serve the Lord in many capacities; youth minister, deacon, at Washington Baptist Church and a minister for North Hogan Hill Baptist Church. Buzz graduated from Versailles High School in 1952 and immediately following he joined the Navy, where he served till 1956. Buzz’s wishes were to be cremated and his memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00am at the Washington Cemetery in Elrod with Brother Doug Norman officiating. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery or donor’s Choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.” 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." JOHN 3:16

 

Mary C. Salyers, 85, of Holton passed away at 11:45am, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born at Jackson, Kentucky on January 26, 1932 the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Barltett Cole. She was married to Paul Salyers on November 22, 1948 and he preceded her in death on March 24, 2002. Survivors include her grandchildren Angie (Larry) Bilbrey of Columbus, Ohio, Donna (Eric) Bourke, Rob (Julie) Booster, and Roxanne (Jim) Poling all of Noblesville; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister Bertie Myers of Greenwood. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughters Pamela Salyers and Belinda Booster; her sister Dorothy Poynter, and her brothers Seldon, Price, Edwin, Everett, Clarence, Raymond, and Dorsey Cole. Mrs. Salyers was retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center. Her hobbies included gardening, playing bingo and euchre, and entertaining. Mary was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church and the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 21st at 12pm at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will begin at the church at 10am on Friday. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Baptist Church or the Holton Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. 

 

June O. Grinstead, 95, of Versailles passed away at 11:45am Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born near Butlerville on August 7, 1921 the daughter of Edgar Kimball Speer and Stella Mae Klayer Speer. She was married to Irvin Grinstead on July 29, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. Survivors include one daughter Linda (Doug) Rump of Versailles; one grandson Carl Beeman of Butlerville; one granddaughter Jenna (Evan) Hague of Washington, Illinois; 5 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Betty Lyle,  her son Thomas Grinstead, her grandson Paul A. Beeman, her brothers Willard, Dory, Fred, Everett, and John Speer, and her sisters Luella Speer, Dorothy Norris, and Elsie Baker. Mrs. Grinstead was a 1939 graduate of Butlerville High School and was a homemaker. June was a member of the New Testament Christian Church in Osgood. She had taught nursery level Sunday school classes for several years and worked with the Good News Club at South Ripley until the age of 90. These experiences brought her great joy and she was loved by all children. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, reading, studying her Bible, and doing word search puzzles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Irvin Hart of the Osgood New Testament Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Osgood New Testament Christian Church or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
 

 

Gregory Joe Sizemore, 50, of Osgood passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Madison, Indiana on February 22, 1967 the son of Charles H. and Eula M. Roark Sizemore. Survivors include his mother, two sons; Ryan and Dustin, two daughters; Stephani (Aaron Fox) and Madelyn, his ex-wife; Kim Tyler, two grandchildren; Cali and Owen all of North Vernon, three brothers; Randy (Lisa) of Holton, Robert (Billi) of Versailles and Edward of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his father.  Mr. Sizemore was a 1985 graduate of South Ripley High School and a former Environmental Driller for Hoosier Drilling in Versailles and also loved to fish, play Corn Hole, Horse Shoes and sports of all kinds, where Pete Rose was his Hero. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 17th at 11:00am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Brother Jim Wingate officiating. Burial will be in the Little Memory Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

David J. Acre, 65, of Friendship passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at his home. He was born at Milan on October 5, 1951 the son of Russell and Ora Roberts Acre. Survivors include one daughter Tammy Acre Bramel of Fairfield, Ohio; two grandchildren Lexie and Tyler Bramel; two sisters Erica Dennis of Harrison, Ohio and Pam Sandoze of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents Russell Acre and Ora Acre Alsop, and also his brother Charles Acre. Mr. Acre was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School. David was a career mechanic having worked at the Ripley County Highway Garage and was a very familiar face in Friendship where was employed at and retired from Whitey’s Auto Shop. David was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church and a former member of the Versailles Fire Department. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 13th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Sherman Hughes of the Bear Creek Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Akers Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Fire Department or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Chester C. Vogel, 79, of Canaan passed away at 10pm, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at Friendship on July 10, 1937 the son of Walter and Leona Thieman Vogel. He was married to Margaret Elbrecht on September 22, 1962 and his wife of 54 years survives. Other survivors include one son Brian (Pam) Vogel of Scipio; one daughter Beth (Keith) Sieverding of Cross Plains; three grandsons Andrew and Stephen Sieverding, and Samuel Vogel; one sister Marietta (Junior) Niederbaumer of Farmers Retreat. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Vogel was a 1955 graduate of Vevay High School and was an Army veteran. He retired in 1995 from Seagrams where he had worked in security for 27 years. He had also worked as a self-employed trucker hauling milk and fertilizer, was once employed with Cummins, and also farmed. Chester was an accomplished fiddle player and was the second inductee into the Southeast Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame. He was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Dewberry. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, April 10th at the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Dewberry with Pastor Juan Luna officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be 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 St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ripley County 40 & 8, or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Richard W. Kocher, 87, of Indianapolis passed away Tuesday, April 4Th, 2017 at University Heights Health and Living Community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born at Indianapolis on September 20th, 1929 the son of Richard and Elizabeth Wright Kocher. He married Irene Watts on April 16th, 1960 and she preceded him in death on August 23rd, 2013. Survivors include one brother James Kocher of Indianapolis, and one sister Bessie Allison of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Kocher was an Air Force Staff Sergeant during the Korean Conflict, and also a retired Fireman of The Marion County Fire Department of 29 years. Richard was a beloved car enthusiast, Dick and Irene loved to get in the car and travel all over the country. They loved to visit all the little towns of America. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 11:00am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with his brother James Kocher officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9am until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Versailles American Legion in care of the funeral home.

 

Otis D. Walston, 75, of Rexville passed away at 3am, Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home. He was born near Patriot in Switzerland County on July 8, 1941 the son of James V. and Gladys Beach Walston. Survivors include five brothers William Walston of Rexville, John (Linda) Walston of New Marion, Ernest (Debbie) Walston and Kenneth (Elaine) Walston both of Versailles, and Russell Walston of Rexville; ten sisters Rose Moody and Essie Walston both of Madison, Mary Leach of Holton,  Dorothy (Louis) Kieffer of Osgood, Alta (Nelson) Harmeyer of Greensburg, Edith (Ray) Gunter of Holton, Ethel (Kenneth, Jr.) Bush of Rexville, Margaret Glenn of North Vernon, Lelah (Ernest) Bush of Versailles, and Betty (Michael) Meyer of Benham; 35 nieces and nephews, 58 great-nieces and nephews, and 3 great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James V. Walston, Jr. Mr. Walston was a farmer in the Rexville area for several years and retired after 33 years as a bus driver for the South Ripley School Corporation. It is estimated that he would have bussed over 1500 children to school during his tenure with the South Ripley Schools. Otis enjoyed wood working, fishing, bowling, and going to auctions. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 30th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Tommy Beatley officiating. Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery near Rexville. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on  Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

 

Keith Goodpaster, 68, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. He was born at Milan on February 8, 1949 the son of Frank and Eva Steele Goodpaster. Survivors include two brothers Rev. Frank (Paula) Goodpaster of Osgood, and Randy (Penny) Goodpaster of Greensburg; one sister Debbie (Don) Vogeler of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Goodpaster was a former employee of Campbell-Hausfeld in Harrison and also worked at McDonalds’ in Greensburg. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 9:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Frank Goodpaster officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Kenneth W. Myers, 71, of Versailles passed away at 3:45pm Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. He was born at Milan on June 27, 1945 the son of Russell and Wilma Israel Myers. He was married to Barbara Snedaker on September 24, 1965 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Brian (BJ) Myers of Versailles; one daughter Courtney (Mike) Hughes of Osgood; five granddaughters Megan and Katie Myers, and Dillan, Reagan, and Delaney Hughes; four brothers Norman (Barbara) Myers of Rexville, Danny (Brenda) Myers of New Marion, Marvin (Janet) Myers of Versailles, and Russell, Jr. (Linda) Myers of Dillsboro; one sister Mary (Tom) Allen of Edwardsburg, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Myers was a 1963 graduate of New Marion High School. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War where served in the 7th Infantry of the 8th Army. For service to his country Kenny received the National Defense Service Medal, the AFEM Korean Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. In civilian life Kenny was a former employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus, Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg, and retired as a superintendent with Ohio Rod in Versailles where he had been employed for 37 years. Kenny also had attended the Indiana Barber College and had been employed as a barber with the Clifty Barber Shop in Madison. His favorite occupation though was that of being a farmer. Kenny was a long time member of the Shelby Christian Church where he served in several capacities. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 22nd from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Shelby Cemetery and military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Donn Snedaker Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Naomi Joyce Dresselhaus, 91, of Cincinnati passed away at 5:30pm Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Hospice of Cincinnati surrounded by her family. She was born at Turner’s Station in Henry County, Kentucky on October 9, 1925 the daughter of John and Nellie Ball Mahoney. She was married to Howard Dresselhaus on June 24, 1944 in the first recorded wedding at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship and he preceded her in death on August 1, 2003. Survivors include two daughters Jane and Jennifer; one grandson Mark and three great-grandchildren Tyler, Makenzie, and Alex all of Cincinnati.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Janice Dick, and her brother Philip Mahoney. Joyce was a 1943 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She retired from Hanover College in 1989 where she had worked as an assistant registrar. Joyce’s hobbies included knitting, traveling, and doing genealogy. In 1986 she published the Dresselhaus genealogy and published the Mahoney genealogy in 2005. The family had the opportunity to visit the Dresselhaus Estate in Schale, Germany in 1989. Joyce was a member of the Hanover Baptist Church and an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 12pm to 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. A graveside service will follow at the St. Peters Cemetery at Olean with Rev. Sherman Hughes of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friend ship officiating. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Cincinnati or St. Peters Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Viola Ruth Menchhofer Arsenault, 96, was born near Osgood, IN as the oldest daughter of nine children to Henry W. and Ethel (Dorrel) Menchhofer on October 27, 1920.  She attended Splashville grade school near their family’s farm home.  After graduation in 1939 from Versailles High School she went to Cincinnati and did house work until World War II broke out.  At that time she went to Indianapolis and worked in a defense plant until 1945 when she met and married Al Arsenault.  Al was in the Air Force and they travelled throughout Europe and England for a number of years. In 1955 they settled in Cheyenne, WY where Viola worked in retail for J. C. Penney’s for 20 years until she retired. Rest of her life was devoted to helping others as she lived in Rancho Cordova near family and was affectionately known as “Aunti Vi” to all of her nieces and nephews.  She passed away Saturday morning, February 25, 2017 at Fair Oaks, CA after many months of declining health.Two sisters, Rose A. Westerfeld, Greensburg, and Wilma E. Greene, Cross Plains, survive “Aunti Vi.”  Also surviving are her goddaughters and nieces, Vickie Belter, of Rancho Cordova, CA who was her caregiver for many years, and Tina Westerfeld, Greensburg, who shared the same birthday date as “Aunti Vi.”  Also surviving are an additional 15 nieces & nephews, 30 great nieces nephews, 59 great,great nieces & nephews and 3 great, great, great nieces & nephew.  She was predeceased by her parents, sister Opal Belter, brothers Irvin, Clarence, Floyd, Paul and Ray Menchhofer, 2 nephews, 2 great nieces, and 1 great, great niece.The family will conduct a Celebration of Life at 11 am on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Stratton Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery at Cross Roads near Batesville. Visitation will be Saturday from 9am until time of services.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to either the St. Paul Cemetery at Cross Roads or Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.  

 

Mable Martin Wall, age 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on 2/28/2017.She was born in Florence, KY on April 2, 1931 the daughter of Cecil and Jessie Martin and they preceded her in death. She married Russell E. Wall on November 9, 1951 and he preceded her in death in 2004.  She was also preceded in death in 2010 by an infant great-grandson, M.J. Muniz.  She is survived by three children and their spouses, David (Bonnie) Wall of Milan, Robin (Jon) Stegemiller of Cross Plains, and Christy (Casey) Speer of Camby along with 8  grandchildren (Aurora Doster, Paige Wall, Abigail Wojciechowski, Nichole Arthur, Augusta Muniz, Caleb Carlock, Lucas Wall, and Hannah Carlock) and 13 great-grandchildren.  Other survivors are two brothers, Dr. Albert (Margery) Martin of Crittenden, KY and Dr. Cecil (Judy) Martin of Carrollton, KY along with several nieces and nephews.She was a devoted railroader’s wife and loving mother making Rexville her home for over 44 years.  She and her husband owned and operated a mink ranch.  They enjoyed training and showing their registered Tennessee Walking Horses.  In later years, they loved mule-skinning with close friends, circling the upper peninsula of Michigan to the Land between the Lakes.  She was an avid reader and loved to draw and sew.  A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with burial at Tanglewood Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Claud Isaacs, Jr., 89, of Correct passed away at 9:20pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Lebanon in Marion County, Kentucky on July 23, 1927 the son of Claud Sr. and Emily Clark Isaacs. He was married to Lois Smith on June 26, 1950 and she preceded him in death on September 22, 2002. Survivors include three sons Greg (Mary) Hilton of New Marion, Daniel (Teresa) Isaacs of Versailles, and Grant Isaacs of Greensburg; five daughters Claudia Isaacs of Swanton, Ohio, Glenna Baugh of Correct, Sandra (Bill) Fletcher of Dupont, Melanie (Jim) Hoffman of Adams, and Ellen (Jerry) Lowe of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister Judy Cutler of Lebanon. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers George, Eugene, and Charles Isaacs, and his sisters Lydia Higdon, Sarah Spaulding, and Nancy Agan. Mr. Isaacs was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII where he served as a supply technician with the 851st, rising to the rank of Corporal. For service to his country Claud received the WWII Victory Medal. In civilian life he owned and operated Claud’s Body Shop in Correct for over 40 years. In his younger years he had worked at Chevrolet and also at Top and Body both in Indianapolis. He also worked at Abe’s Body Shop in Madison and for Henry Pulley in Versailles. Claud was an avid bird hunter and also belonged to the Brush Creek Conservation Club at Butlerville where he enjoyed trap shooting. He competed in the national trap shoot at Vandalia, Ohio and was once featured on ESPN. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Tim Heim of the Shelby Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Gerald “Jerry”, “Nails” Smith, 69, of Vevay passed away at 4:47am Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Hamilton, Ohio. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 16, 1947 the son of Edward and Ruth White Smith. Survivors include one nephew, Scott (Rachael) Smith of Gainesville, Florida, Cousin; Pam (Frank) Rose of West Chester, Ohio, and one brother, James Smith of Gainesville, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Smith was a 1966 graduate of Quarter Tech High School in Cincinnati. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War where served his country. Mr. Smith received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. In civilian life Jerry was a self-employed carpet installer. Jerry was a member of the Versailles and Osgood American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, at noon, at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Hooker officiating. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials may be given to Versailles or Osgood American Legion or Hospice in care of the funeral home.

 

Harold “Bub” Stout, 83, of Versailles passed away at 12:05am Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Portville, New York on August 2, 1933 the son of Harold and Josephine Garey Stout. Survivors include one son Bill Stout of Cincinnati; one daughter Beth (David) Fleming of Holton; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother Garey Stout of Elmira, New York; four sisters June Stout and Genny Houck both of Horseheads, New York, Mary Jackson of Tempe, Arizona, and Beverly Torrance of Dunkirk, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Patricia Stout. Mr. Stout was a 1951 graduate of Horseheads High School in New York. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War where served on the USS Montrose. For service to his country Mr. Stout received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. In civilian life Harold was an engineer working for Owens-Illinois Glass which he retired from in 1992. Harold was a member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Ty Choate of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 6pm until time of services. Burial will follow at a later date. Memorials may be given to Operation Christmas Child in care of the Hopewell Baptist Church.

 

Paula Kaye Cranfill, 66, of Greensburg passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at her home. She was born at Moores Hill on April 29, 1950 the daughter of Loren and Clara Campbell Beggs. Survivors include two sons Kris (Mendey) Cranfill of Versailles and Brian Cranfill of St. Augustine, Florida; one daughter Jamie Copeland of Aurora; two sisters Wanda of Florence, Kentucky and Lori Hunter of Greensburg. Mrs. Cranfill was a 1968 graduate of Moores Hill High School. She was employed with Hitachi in Greensburg. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Doug Norman of The Bridge of Hope officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

 

Lucille Warfield, 100, of Correct passed away at 7:40pm Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Correct on October 3, 1916 the daughter of Holman and Bertha Day Gookins. She was married to Carl Warfield on July 30, 1938 and he preceded her in death on October 2, 2003. Survivors include one son Tom (Lois) Warfield of Correct; one daughter Rebecca (Charles) Rogers of Carmel; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ralph Gookins. Mrs. Warfield grew up at Correct on the family farm with her brother and parents. Her grandfather T. G. Day of Correct was a Civil War veteran having fought at Gettysburg and was held as a prisoner of war at Andersonville, Georgia. Lucille was a 1934 graduate of Versailles High School and completed the 2 year teachers course at Hanover College in 1936 before teaching at the Benham School in 1937. Since women were not allowed to be married and teach school her career ended upon marrying Carl in 1938. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Warfield Fertilizer. Lucille was a 60 year member of the Versailles Baptist Church and was also a member of the Correct Homemakers club. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 3pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Thursday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Versailles Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Martha Sandifar Shadday, 88, of Rexville passed away at 10:40am Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Thornton Terrace in Hanover. She was born in the West Fork community in Jefferson County on September 1, 1928 the daughter of Chester and Annie Stewart Sandifar. She was married to Kenneth Shadday on November 30, 1946 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 1994. Survivors include two sons Richard (Barbara) Shadday of Rexvile and Dennis (Sheila) Shadday of Morris; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; one brother Bob (Shirley) Sandifar of Washington, Illinois; one sister Helen Gregory of Shelbyville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gaylord, Elmer, Chester,Jr., and George Sandifar, and her sisters Mary Gray and Elma Kendall.  Mrs. Shadday was a former employee of Reliance Electric in Madison and retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center where she worked as a cook. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and tending to her flowers and garden. Martha was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church, the Versailles-Osgood Order of the Eastern Star, and the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 12pm at the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Carter and Rev. Brad Creech officiating. Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services on Wednesday also at the church. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Baptist Church or the West Fork Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Esther R. Boyles, 98, of Versailles passed away at 12:45pm Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Friendship on December 1, 1918 the daughter of William Henry and Elsie Hunger Fischvogt. She met Edward Boyles at a legion dance in Milan in 1939 and they were married on August 31, 1940 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Edward preceded her in death on September 11, 1992. Survivors include two daughters Sharen (Kenneth) Thomas of Cross Plains and Karen (Paul) Filter of Dillsboro; one son William Boyles of Bedford; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Denton Fischvogt, and her sister Irene Smock. Mrs. Boyles attended the Friendship School, attended two years of high school at Cross Plains, and was a 1937 graduate of Versailles High School. After high school she attended the Indiana Central Business College in Indianapolis. In her younger years Esther took vocal lessons and on one occasion she won the talent show at the Friendship Street Fair and along with Arnold “Shorty” Obendorf won a talent contest at the Sherman House in Batesville. She was also an accomplished poet and her book “Free to Fly” contains 100 poems she had written. She was a former employee of the Jefferson Proving Ground, the Friendship Post Office, and Contel Telephone in Versailles. Esther was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean and was also a member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10:30am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Activities Fund at Ripley Crossing, the Alzheimers Foundation, or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Myrtie Mae Holman Franklin, 65, of the Hopewell Community near Holton passed away at   8:11pm  on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born at Knightstown on August 3, 1951 the daughter of the late Truman and Amelia Geisler Holman. Myrtie grew up in New Marion and attended the New Marion School and was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School. Myrtie married Frank Franklin, the love of her life and her best friend on May 7, 1971 and God blessed them with two children, daughter Wendy (Brian) Meyer of Cross Plains, and son Chad (Loretta) Franklin of the Hopewell Community; seven grandchildren Jacob, Lindsay, Sarah, Rachel, Scott, Carly, and Elijah. Other survivors include two brothers Harry (Bernadette) Holman and Roy (Vickie) Holman both of Versailles; two sisters Dina (Vernon) Herbert and Brenda Holman both of Milhousen. She was also preceded in death by her brother Lester Holman, her sister Darlene Holman, nephew Roger Holman, and her niece Tammy Holman. Myrtie was always athletic and loved to play softball, volleyball, basketball, ride horses, and basically anything outdoors. She loved to work beside her husband as they built their house and operated their farm for over 46 years. She was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and had worked as the superintendent for the Holton Water Corporation. Myrtie was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 8pm and will also take place at the church. Memorials may be given to the West Fork Cemetery, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Dorothy Morgan Hughes, 93, of Holton passed away at 12:45pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Anderson on June 21, 1923. She was married to Howard Morgan at the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church on June 30, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1994. She was married to David Hughes, Jr. on September 7, 1996 and he preceded her in death April 12, 2012. Survivors include three sons Donald (Beverly) Morgan of Andrews, David (Loretta) Morgan and Howard Jr. (Martha) Morgan both of North Vernon; one daughter Twyla (Rev. Leonard) Waller of Versailles; 15 step-children; one sister Ruby Kurtz of Buffalo, New York; grandchildren Melissa (Larry) Towne, Donald Morgan, Steven (Barbara) Waller, Brian Waller, Jason (Ann) Waller, Roxanna (Darin) McIntire, Rhonda (Paul) Purdue, and Rachel Murray, 25 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her grandchildren Amy and Melinda Morgan, and Leonard Waller, Jr., and her sisters Katherine, Mildred, and Mary. Mrs. Hughes was a homemaker and a member of the Holton Wesleyan Church. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 12th at the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church with Dorothy’s grandson Pastor Steven Waller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 1pm Sunday until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Evangelistic Faith Mission or the Flat Rock Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Arthur J. Simon, Jr., 84, of Osgood passed away at 6:40am Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home. He was born near Osgood on May 9, 1932 the son of Arthur Sr. and Eva Tunny Simon. He was married to Dolores Barhorst on June 15, 1954 and she survives. Other survivors include five sons Gary (Marla), David (Lavonne), Chris (Jackie), Randal (Rita), and Greg (Becky) Simon all of Osgood; three daughters Marilyn Linville of Osgood, Cheryl (Roger) Meyer of Greensburg, and Marcia (Ritchie) Moore of Goshen, Kentucky; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; three brothers Charles (Lucille) Simon and Gene (Patty) Simon both of Osgood, and Dale (Bonnie) Simon of Bennington; four sisters Mary Gilland and Amelia (Louis) Wolter both of Osgood, Linda (Tim) Wissel of Greensburg, and Rita (Jim) Bedel of Westport. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Philip, and his brother Donald. Mr. Simon was a 1950 graduate of Osgood High School. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Signal Message Clerk with the 3rd Infantry Regiment from 1952 to 1954 and remained in the Army Reserves until 1960. For service to his country Arthur received the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. In civilian life Arthur was a dairy farmer and had also worked at Arvins in Columbus, the Johnson Wholesale Group in Greensburg, BCA in Greensburg, and also the Napoleon Lumber Company. Arthur was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood, the Osgood American Legion, the Ripley County Farm Bureau, the NRA, and was an avid supporter of the Indiana Right to Life. He was also a member of the Father Bernard Voges Council 8487 Knights of Columbus at Osgood where was a two term Grand Knight and also had served as treasurer as well as a trustee. Arthur also belonged to the 4th Degree Bishop Simon Gabriel Brute Assembly 246 in Lawrenceburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 10am at the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Southeast Indiana Right to Life, Gibault School, or the St. John Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Mary G. Rheinfrank, 74, of Osgood passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at her residence in Osgood, surrounded by loving family. She was born in Otter Village near Osgood, Indiana on June 9th, 1942, the daughter of Clarence and Theresa Rose Fullmer. She was married to Roy R. Rheinfrank on November 19, 1960 in Osgood. Survivors include two daughters; Connie Rheinfrank of Osgood and Stacie (Mike) Hughes of Osgood, one son; Roy (Debbie) Rheinfrank of Kokomo, Indiana, three grandsons; Dakota, Austin and Caleb, two sisters; Betty Biddle of Vevay and Ada Deaton of Ohio and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three brothers; Jake, John and Clarence. She loved being with all her family, the outdoors and being a homemaker. Mary was a member of Osgood Baptist Church. Graveside services for Mary will be held on Monday, February 6th, 3:00pm at the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison with Rev. Steve Allen of the Osgood Baptist Church officiating.  Memorials may be given to the Margaret Mary Hospice or the Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Kenneth Jackson, 90, of Osgood passed away at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. He was born at Versailles, Indiana on May 1, 1926 the son of Marshall and Estelle Fox Jackson. Kenneth married Pauline Schearer on November 1, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana and she preceded him in death on March 4, 1998. Survivors include one son James (Reyna), two daughters; Joyce (Gene) Wagner and Jeanne (Bob) DeBurger all of Osgood; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one brother Marion Jackson of Terre Haute, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters; Neva Rea, Naomi Ruth Carter and Margaret Estel Jobst, two brothers; Willard Samuel and Hubert Jackson. Mr. Jackson worked for International Harvester in Indianapolis, but his true love was working with wood as a general carpenter and as a farmer for William Neal Sr., Doug Thayer and Greg Wehr and as well as his own farm. Kenneth was a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church. The Funeral will be on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation, Tanglewood Cemetery, Fishes and Loaves Community Food Pantry in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Lawrence Nickell, 80, of Cross Plains passed away at 6:05pm Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born at Mize in Morgan County, Kentucky on July 1, 1936 the son of Virgil and Virginia Wood Nickell. Survivors include two sons Terry (Margie) Nickell, and Danny Nickell both of Cross Plains; one daughter Beverly (Ed) Hunt of Morrow, Ohio; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers Clayton (Kay) Nickell, and Henry Nickell both of Cross Plains; three sisters Dorothy (Bill) Knigga of Florida, Lucille Nickell of Pleasant, and Nancy Nickell of Washington, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Nickell was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served with the 19th Quartermaster Company.   For service to his country Lawrence received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, and the United Nations Service Medal. In civilian life Lawrence worked as a welder for over 30 years for Armco Steel. After retirement he did “house call” welding jobs in the Cross Plains community, drove a bus for the South Ripley schools, and enjoyed his horses. Lawrence was active in the Ripley County Republican party and served terms as a Ripley County Commissioner and also on the Ripley County Council. He was a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge, the Versailles American Legion, and the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite. Lawrence’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Visitation will be from 5pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Freeman B. Curran, 93, of Olean passed away at 7:20pm Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Waters of Batesville. He was born near Greensburg on June 12, 1923 the son of Earl and Isabel Stevens Curran. He was married to Kathryn Miller on October 2, 1943 and she preceded him in death on June 11, 2008. Survivors include two sons Randy (Susan) Curran of Burlington, Kentucky and Michael (Tanya) Curran of Pinehurst, North Carolina; one daughter Pat Halford of Columbus, Ohio; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother Norman Curran of Missouri; one sister Mary Ellen (Larry) Strong of Batesville. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Don, Noble, and Eugene Curran, his sisters Wilma Robbins and Dorothy Lanning, and his son-in-law John Halford. Mr. Curran was forced to quit school after the 8th grade so he could help at home with his family during the days of the Great Depression. He was a “self- taught” carpenter having worked in Cincinnati and the Versailles area and was the general contractor for the construction of the Tyson Manor in Versailles. In his younger days he also worked as a lumberjack on the west coast and   on the railroad. As most folks of his generation, hard work was the order of the day and for relaxation he would read one of his many Louie L’amour books. Freeman was a member of the Church of the Living God in Cincinnati. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 29th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bruce Kieviet officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Sunday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Wilma Mulford, 88, of Dillsboro passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Elrod on July 21st, 1928, the daughter of Harley and Effie Rahe May. She was married to Jim Mulford on December 6, 1964 at Green Chapel Church in Elrod. Survivors include her husband, one son; Gary (Bonnie) Miller of Vernon, Indiana, one daughter; Bonnie Cole of Milan, one grandson; Jim (Sandy) Cole of Dillsboro and four great grandchildren; Chris, Brandi, Jamie and T.J. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a former employee of the Big Wheel, Colonial Cottage and Deutsch Pride. Wilma also attended Washington Baptist Church. Funeral services for Wilma will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Jack Bible officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery in Elrod. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Margaret Mary Hospice in care of the funeral home.

 

Michele Hountz, 52, of Dillsboro passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Arbor Grove in Greensburg. She was born in Cincinnati on January 30,1964 the daughter of Frank and Sherry Goodin Evans. Survivors include two daughters; Megan (Josh) Murafski, of Elizabethtown, Ohio and Makayla Hountz of Dillsboro and Michele’s fiancé Denny Bushhorn of Napoleon; 1 grandchild; Maddox Murafski, 3 brothers Mark (Laura) Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeff (Christy) Evans of Dillsboro and Brian (Melanie) Evans of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Hountz was a caretaker and attended Strayer University for Social Work. Michele loved to be with her family, girls and taking care of her dogs. Memorial services for Michele will be held on Monday, January 30th at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with William Fogle officiating.  Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Sherry L. Evans, 78, of Dillsboro passed away at 5:15pm Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Dillsboro Manor. She was born in Cincinnati on December 11, 1938 the daughter of Deo and Elsie Clark Goodin. She was married to Frank Evans on June 7, 1958 and he preceded her in death on February 23, 2000. Survivors include three sons Mark (Laura) Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeff (Christy) Evans of Dillsboro, and Brian (Melanie) Evans of Benham; one daughter Michelle Hountz and her fiancé Denny Bushhorn of Napoleon; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 6 brothers Donald (Bernice) Goodin of Cedar Grove, Tom (Nora) Goodin of Greendale, Kenneth (Pam) Goodin of Brookville, Michael (Teresa) Goodin of Dandridge, Tennessee, Jim Goodin of Harrison, Ohio, and Frank Goodin of Cedar Grove; three sisters Cathy (Huston) Bolser of Cedar Grove, Margie (Steve) Clark of West Harrison, and Dian (Fred) Hubbard of Bright; sister-in-law Rosie Goodin of West Harrison. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles Goodin. Mrs. Evans was a1956 graduate of Whitewater High School in Franklin County. She was a former employee of the Palm Beach Suit Company in Newport, Kentucky and had also worked for Krogers in Lawrenceburg. Sherry’s main occupation though was raising her children and helping Frank on the farm. Her hobbies included doing needlework and reading through what her children described as a collection of nearly a thousand books! Funeral services for Sherry will be held on Friday, January 20th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Logan Fugate of the Cross Plains Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery near Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Relay for Life or the Craven Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

herry L. Evans, 78, of Dillsboro passed away at 5:15pm Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Dillsboro Manor. She was born in Cincinnati on December 11, 1938 the daughter of Deo and Elsie Clark Goodin. She was married to Frank Evans on June 7, 1958 and he preceded her in death on February 23, 2000. Survivors include three sons Mark (Laura) Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeff (Christy) Evans of Dillsboro, and Brian (Melanie) Evans of Benham; one daughter Michelle Hountz and her fiancé Denny Bushhorn of Napoleon; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 6 brothers Donald (Bernice) Goodin of Cedar Grove, Tom (Nora) Goodin of Greendale, Kenneth (Pam) Goodin of Brookville, Michael (Teresa) Goodin of Dandridge, Tennessee, Jim Goodin of Harrison, Ohio, and Frank Goodin of Cedar Grove; three sisters Cathy (Huston) Bolser of Cedar Grove, Margie (Steve) Clark of West Harrison, and Dian (Fred) Hubbard of Bright; sister-in-law Rosie Goodin of West Harrison. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles Goodin. Mrs. Evans was a1956 graduate of Whitewater High School in Franklin County. She was a former employee of the Palm Beach Suit Company in Newport, Kentucky and had also worked for Krogers in Lawrenceburg. Sherry’s main occupation though was raising her children and helping Frank on the farm. Her hobbies included doing needlework and reading through what her children described as a collection of nearly a thousand books! Funeral services for Sherry will be held on Friday, January 20th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Logan Fugate of the Cross Plains Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery near Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Relay for Life or the Craven Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

 

Ray L. Raney, 85, of Versailles passed away at 4pm Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born in the Splashville community  near Versailles on September 21, 1931 the son of Herschel and Edith Black Raney. He was married to Elizabeth Daugherty Jackson on December 6, 1979 and she preceded him in death on July 24, 2009. Survivors include one son Mike (Bonnie) Raney of Versailles; four grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William Raney, and his sister Marianna Hyatt. Mr. Raney was a 1949 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a farmer and had also worked at the IKE power plant, for the Indiana State Highway Department, and was manager of the Versailles State Park from 1961 to 1965. In 1998 Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon named Ray a Distinguished Hoosier and in 2003 Governor O’Bannon honored Ray as a Sagamore of the Wabash. Ray was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church, the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite, a life member of the William F. Rayner FOP, and was a member of both the Versailles and Holton Masonic Lodges where he held several offices. Ray along with his father and his son had ridden their horses in over 70 Pumpkin Show parades as well as the Regatta Parade in Madison and in other area parades. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 11am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Thursday at the church. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery or the Dabney Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

 

Diana D. Edwards, 69, of Olean passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 at her home. She was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on August 17, 1947 the daughter of Charles and Georgia Jordan Smith. She was married to John Edwards and he preceded her in death. Survivors include one son Kevin (Sherry) Rutherford of Aurora; one daughter Kimberly (Eric) Minch of Vevay; 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters Dorene Kash of Milan and Donna (Larry) Thomas of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Florine Eldridge, and her brothers James Smith and Charles Smith, Jr. Mrs. Edwards retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center where she worked as a supervisor. She had also been employed as a Corrections Officer at the Indiana State Women’s Prison in Indianapolis as well as jobs with Brockway Glass in Lapel an as independent truck driver for Ritz Management. Diana was a member of the Milan American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be at the Busse Cemetery near Sunman. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Busse Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Barbara Gilbert, 70, of Milan/Moores Hill passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Christ hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Lawrenceburg on June 28, 1946 the daughter of Elton and Phyllis Wellman Schilson. She was married to Donald Gilbert on December 9, 1967 in Dearborn County and he survives. Survivors include one son Robert Copeland of Milan; one daughter Dawnelle (RJ) O’Neal of Osgood; 4 grandchildren; Paul, Holly, Villete and Mary-Kate; 2 great grandchildren; one brother; Richard Schilson of Milan; one sister Kathy Myers (Bob) Kreese of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Gilbert worked as a manager at the Liquor Cabinet in Milan and Moores Hill. Her hobbies included making and attending craft shows, grandchildren and watching birds. Barb loved to cook and help people, she would help even a stranger that needed it and never ask for anything in return. Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 from 10:00am to 12noon at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

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