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Kenneth Lovins, 78, of Versailles passed away Friday, December 25, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Tribby in Perry County, Kentucky on September 21, 1931 the son of Henry and Sally Haddix Lovins. He was married to Agnes Steele on May 21, 1960 and she preceded him in death on July 5, 2008. Survivors include one son Steven Lovins of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; four daughters Theresa (Ron) May of Versailles, Tina Lovins of St. Cloud, Florida, Theresa Lovins of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Cathy Sanders of Wendall, North Carolina; 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and one great-grandson; one brother Jim (Malena) Lovins of Milan; six sisters Harriet (Howard) Cleeter of Lawrenceburg, Jean (Gilbert) Wilson of New Marion, Juanita Yeomans of Versailles, Martha Smith of Ingalls, Geneva (Gary) Napier of Madison, and Dottie (Bobby) Wood of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Charles and John Lovins, and his sister Jeanette. Mr. Lovins was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church, the Osgood Masonic Lodge, and the Heartland Classic Car Club. He served as Ripley County Sheriff from 1978 to 1986. He had also served as a Deputy Sheriff and as Versailles Town Marshall. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 29th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Garland Rudd and Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm with the Osgood Masonic Lodge conducting services at 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Osgood Masonic Lodge, the New Marion Cemetery, or the Cedar Creek Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Charles F. (Bud) Tompkins, 76, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Cincinnati on January 11, 1933 the son of Charles and Helen Nees Tompkins. He was married to Katherine Kohlmeyer on February 5, 1955 and she survives. Other survivor include four daughters, Peggy (Patrick) Owens of Villa Hills, Kentucky, Beth (Mark) Hard of Kansas, Oklahoma, Kathleen (Steven) French of Osgood, and Amy Hedges of Versailles; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters Ruth Wagner of West Harrison and Jennie Martin of Harrison, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn Hyser, and his great-grandson Keith Weise. Mr. Tompkins was a 1951 graduate of Western Hills High School in Cincinnati. He worked for 28 years as a firefighter with the Cincinnati Fire Department and was also a carpenter. He was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ and the WCEF. He volunteered his carpentry skills in building churches and ramps for those in need. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 28th at 2pm at the Versailles Church of Christ with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Monday from 11am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Church of Christ in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Ruby Strimple, 90, of Versailles passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009 at St. Andrewís Health Campus in Batesville. She was born on September 26, 1919 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky the daughter of Willie and Sara McQueen Hammond. She was married to Earl Strimple on January 9, 1937 and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2009. Survivors include two daughters Sue (Terry) Boiman of Lakeside Park, Kentucky and Connie (Gary) Banks of Inverness, Florida; three grandchildren Emily (Chris) Jahr of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Zachary Banks of Inverness, Florida, and Ben Boiman of Lakeside Park, Kentucky, and six brothers and sisters. Mrs. Strimple along with her husband owned and operated the 421 Motel in Versailles. She was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 15th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. James Byerly officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Tyson United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Carolyn Harms, 92, of Montgomery, died Friday, November 4, 2009 at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Visitation will be held at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery on Wednesday, November 9 from 4:00 Ė 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 11 in Versailles, Indiana at Straton Karsteter Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Benham Cemetery in Benham, Indiana. Carolyn was born in Friendship, Indiana on November 18, 1917 to Wilkie S. & Edna (Elrod) Lemon. She graduated from Cross Plains High School, Cross Plains, IN and Purdue University in 1940 with a teaching degree. She married Van Deursen Harms on December 26, 1941 at Tyson Temple in Versailles. They lived in Paducah, Kentucky for about 4 years. They moved to Chicago after the war and lived there many years before moving to Montgomery, Minnesota. She is survived by her four children, Johanna Radzwill of Minneapolis, Jan C. & Karen Harms of Plover, WI, Douglas J. & Jane A. Harms of New Prague, MN, and Barbara J. & Dan Taylor of Christiansburg, VA; brother, James W. & Pat Lemon of Batesville, IN; brother-in-law, Abell Hooton of Versailles, IN; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Mary Chandler & Elizabeth Hooton.

 

James D. McCain, 37, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at his home. He was born at Hamilton, Ohio on July 25, 1972 the son of Thomas and Linda Kain McCain. Survivors include his parents Thomas and Linda McCain of Versailles; three brothers Thomas (Angel) McCain of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Michael McCain and William (Carol) McCain both of Versailles; three sisters Kathleen Stouffer and Deborah (Ray) Isaacs both of Batesville, and Jennifer (Tracy) Boggs of Brookville; 18 nieces and nephews; special friends and nurses Laurie Hyde of Versailles and Deborah Poer of North Vernon; aunts and uncles Kathleen Ward of Fairfield, Ohio, Sue and David Day of Lakeside, Florida, Teresa and Michael Housh and John and Debbie McCain all of Middletown, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel, maternal grandparents Richard and Imogene Waddell Kain, and paternal grandparents Thomas and Hazel Post McCain. Mr. McCain was a 1991 graduate of Fairfield, Ohio High School and was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, December 5th at 10am at St. Johns with Father Shawn Whittington officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services at 7:30pm. Memorials may be given to the ALS Foundation or St. Johnís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Yvonne Sharlene Smith, 45, of Holton passed away Friday, November 27, 2009 at her home. She was born at Madison on January 4, 1964 the daughter of Eli and Sharla Jane Beach Hensley. Survivors include her companion Tom Furlow of Holton; her mother Sharla Jane Hensley of Holton; two daughters Brittany Hull of Nebraska and Shawntaine Smith of Vevay; one son Shawn Smith of Holton; three brothers Ray Hensley of Holton, Jay Hensley of Indianapolis, and Dave Beach of Holton; one sister Regina Benham of Crothersville. She was preceded in death by her son Joshua Smith.  Ms. Smith was a homemaker. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, December 1st at 1pm at the Holton Cemetery with Pastor Dale Boyd of the Butlerville Mennonite Church officiating. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Helen M. Daugherty, 95, of Columbus, formerly of Holton, passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at the Silver Oaks Health Center in Columbus. She was born near Holton on June 13, 1914 the daughter of Fred and Anna Belle Davis Koelmel. She was married to Rev. Jacob Daugherty on August 3, 1935 and he preceded her in death on March 3, 1955. Survivors include one daughter Laura Ann (James) Payer of Columbus; three sons Fred (Bobbi) Daugherty of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Hugh (Janet) Daugherty of Columbus, and William (Nancy) Daugherty of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her step-son Joe Daugherty, grandchildren Ruth Elizabeth Daugherty, David Daugherty, and Stephanie DeSilva, step-grandson Louis Daugherty, her brothers Ted and Norman Koelmel, and her sisters Ida Bostic, Margaret Bostic, Martha Benham, Florence Ellis, and Mildred Swinney. Mrs. Daugherty was a 65 year member of the Hopewell Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and participated in the ABWM. She was also active at the North Vernon Senior Center. She was a former employee of Tony Rehagís egg processing plant at Holton and had been a cook at the White Pine Restaurant in Versailles. Mrs. Daugherty had also worked as an in home caregiver in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 25th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the Otter Creek Cemetery at Nebraska. Visitation will be 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 Hopewell building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Wilma Metcalf, 78, of Versailles passed away Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Addyston, Ohio on January 6, 1931 the daughter of Elmer and Lillian Crouch McMurray. She was married to Keith Metcalf on January 20, 1954 and he preceded her in death on June 4, 1995. Survivors include one daughter Gina Foster of Arizona; five sisters Della (John) McAdams of Moores Hill, Shirley (Dan) Betler of Florida, Annette (Kenny) Collins of Delaware, Mary (Don) Triplett of Ohio, and Carolyn (Gary) DeWitt of Versailles; four brothers Doug McMurray, Melvin McMurray, and Elmer McMurray, Jr. all of Lawrenceburg, and Vernon Robert McMurray of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Stanley, and her sisters Edith and Dolly. Mrs. Metcalf was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 12th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Cravens Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Charles Linkmeyer, 82, of Versailles, formerly of Friendship,  passed away Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at North Vernon on December 28, 1926 the son of Clemence and Ruth Sprickerhoff Linkmeyer. He was married to Pauline Kuhlman on June 24, 1950 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Ron (Janet) Linkmeyer of Friendship; one daughter Teresa (Mark) Fender of Bloomington; three grandchildren Holli (Adam) Gieb of Bloomington, Eric Adams of Farmers Retreat, and Jodi Linkmeyer of San Antonio, Texas; three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Marie Benham. Mr. Linkmeyer was an Army veteran of WWII where was a Tec-5 with the 63rd Gun Batalion. He received the Victory Medal, Army of Occupied Japan Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon. He was a lifetime member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church at Farmers Retreat, a former member of the Friendship Fire Department, and a member of the Brown Township American Legion. Mr. Linkmeyer worked at Jefferson Proving Ground as a steam boiler operator and pipe fitter, retiring in 1984. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 11th at 11am at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Farmerís Retreat with Pastor Richard Wilkie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be 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 Rescue 69 or St. Johnís Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Kenny Adams, 66, of Versailles passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville. He was born near Napoleon on February 7, 1943 the son of Clarence and Jeanette Farrell Adams. He was married to Dottie Barrett on May 18, 1963 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Angie (Don) Eldridge of Whitestown and Amy (Barry) Noah of West Lafayette; three grandchildren Cody and Chase Eldridge and Katie Noah; one brother Don Adams of Milton, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Ed. Mr. Adams was a 1961 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a 35year employee of Cummins working in Columbus and Madison as a machinist and union steward, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 9th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Shivers of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 7pm with Masonic services being conducted at 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Kentuckiana Medical Center in care of the funeral home.

 

Ralph St. John, 72, of Versailles passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Burning Springs, Kentucky on June 9, 1937 the son of Everett and Myrtle Robinson St. John. He was married to Betty Noel on April 5, 2000 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Ralph (Mary) St. John, Jr. of Villa Hills, Kentucky; one daughter Wendy (Willie) Kocher of Harrison, Ohio; four grandchildren; his mother-in-law Mary Folsom of Versailles; one step-daughter Carol Fugate of Osgood; one sister Geneva Grubbs of Harrison, Ohio; four brothers Ronnie St. John and Raymond St. John both of West Harrison, Fred St. John of Harrison, Ohio, and E.J. St. John of Berea, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Glenn. Mr. St. John was employed with Nine West US Shoe in Harrison, Ohio and Osgood from 1957 until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the Versailles Lions Club and Osgood F&AM #603. Masonic services will be held Tuesday, November 3rd beginning at 12pm followed by funeral services with Rev. Russell Stephens of the Tanglewood Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Lions Club or the Osgood Masonic Lodge in care of the funeral home.

 

Wayne Horn, 62, of Napoleon passed away Monday, October 26, 2009 at the Clark Memorial Hospital in Clarksville. He was born at Osgood on March 21, 1947 the son of Beverly and Amanda Sparks Horn. He was married to Joyce Patrick on April 16, 1965 and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, Jeff (Tanya) Horn of Osgood, William Douglas Horn of Versailles, and Daniel (Lisa) Horn of Napoleon; two daughters Melissa Jo Halcomb of Osgood and Catina (Robert) Kaiser of Madison; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; his in laws Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Patrick of Holton; five brothers Jim(Loretta) Horn and Kenneth Horn both of Madison, Bob (Ruth) Horn of Kent, Ron (Mary) Horn of Versailles, and Keith Horn of Indianapolis; three sisters Alma (Bob) Landry of Madison, Wanda (David) Dinsmore of Partridge, Kentucky, and Anna Perkinson of Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kevin Horn, and his sister Clara Williams. Mr. Horn attended Holton High School and was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church. He was a former employee with Akers Shell Station in Versailles and was a 20 year employee of NAPA in Versailles where he worked as a manager. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. There will be no funeral service. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Warner (Jack) West, 68, of Osgood passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Cincinnati on January 26, 1941 the son of Warner J. and Lena Ketenbrink West. He was married to Janice Johnston on January 19, 1961 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Matt (Stephanie) West of Versailles and Cory West of Osgood; two daughters Julie Harrington of West Alexandria, Ohio and Dawn (Walter) Fugate of Quercus Grove; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Leonard, and his son-in-law David Harrington. Mr. West was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in the Marines as a Lance Corporal. He served with the field artillery battalion and received the Good Conduct Medal and was a rifle marksman. Mr. West worked as a journeyman machinist.  He was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood, the Knights of Columbus Council #8487, Versailles Lions Club, and was a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul. He had served with the Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio and with the Aurora Life Squad. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, October 26th at 10am at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood with Father Shawn Whittington officiating. Burial will be in St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm to 8pm with rosary services at 7:30pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Vincent de Paul or the Knights of Columbus in care of the funeral home.

 

Amy R. Thomas, 85, of Versailles, formerly of Osgood, passed away Friday, October 16, 2009 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Osgood on August 23, 1924 the daughter of Omer and Mary Boutine Huntington. She was married to Price Thomas and he preceded her in death on August 1, 1990. Survivors include 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son Jerry Hendrix, her brother Clifford Huntington, and her sisters Marion Huelson, Maude Bradshaw, and Emma Smith. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. She had worked as a bookkeeper in Osgood for several years for Sam Row and also for McCoy Motors. She was also a former deputy for the Ripley County Auditorís office. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 19th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 4pm to 6pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Church of Christ, Versailles Baptist Church building fund, or the South Ripley Classroom Teachers Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Leslie Jean Gast, of Elizabethtown, IN, entered her eternal life with her Lord on Friday, October 9th, 2009.  She was born the daughter of Charles Hubert and Regina Deloris (Sexton) Gast, on October 27th, 1951 in Maysville, Kentucky.  She was baptized in the Lord on June 2nd, 2009. Leslie was a life-long accomplished singer and business manager. Her hobbies included camping, motorcycling, softball, Indian artifact collecting, and traveling. Making people laugh and appreciating life, friends and family was her purpose in life. Survivors include one brother, Garry Allen Gast and wife, Claire, of Madison; nephew, Charles (Butch) Gast and wife, Cary, of Elizabethtown; and niece, Melissa (Gast) Carf and husband, Kelly, of Dillsboro.  Six great-nephews and nieces and one great-great niece also survive.  Leslie also leaves behind many loved friends.  Preceding her in death were both parents and brother, Larry. Services celebrating Leslieís life will be held at the Stratton - Karsteter Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 13th. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. followed by services with Clifton Hartley of Milton Christian Church officiating.  Leslie will be laid to rest at Greendale Cemetery, Osgood.

 

Edward D. Prewitt, 77, of Westport, formerly of New Marion, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at his home. He was born near Perry, Missouri on August 19, 1932 the son of William and Amy Maude Utterback Prewitt. He was married to Shirley Rucker on July 24, 1970 and she survives. Other survivor include three step-sons Walter (Russanna) Lair of Westport, Robert Lair of North Vernon, and Paul Roane of Seymour; two step-daughters Dessie Lozier of Westport and Tammy (Jeff) Reynolds of Bath, Maine; 19 step-grandchildren, 35 step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-son Billy Lair, and one step-grandson. Mr. Prewitt was a 1951 graduate of Perry High School. He was a former employee of Tom Tepe Chevrolet, Paul Walston Chevrolet, Conn Organ, and retired from Muscatatuck where he worked in dietary. He was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 12th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Karen Reynolds of the New Marion Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the East Hill Cemetery at Rushville. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pmt o 8pm.  Memorials may be given to the New Marion Baptist Church or the Hospice of Decatur County in care of the funeral home.

 

Edward L. Kluemper, 80, of Napoleon passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at his home. He was born near Yorkville in Dearborn County on December 24, 1928 the son of Clarence and Bertha Ficther  Kluemper. He was married to Jeanette Hardebeck on June 25, 1949 and she preceded him in death on March 15, 2005. Survivors include three daughters Carlotta (Jerald) Gunter of Batesville, Janet (Harley) Orr of Napoleon, and Patricia Ann (Brady) Ferguson of Indianapolis; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; one sister Mary Kluemper of Osgood. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Melinda Cook, and one sister. Mr. Kluemper was a 1947 graduate of Batesville High School. He had been employed with Roman Nobbe in Batesville and had operated heavy equipment for Bruns-Gutzwiller in Batesville. After retiring he was employed with the sporting goods department at the Greensburg Wal-Mart. He was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 10th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Father Rob Hankee officiating. Burial will be in the St. Maurice Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the St. Maurice Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Darlene Vankirk, 72, of Napoleon passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Kindred Hospital in Greenwood. She was born at Batesville on June 23, 1937 the daughter of John and Eleanor Ollier Kreuzman. She was married to Garold Vankirk on August 11, 1956 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Bill (Jane Ann) Vankirk and Bob (Mouse) (Tena) Vankirk both of Napoleon; one daughter Kathy (Brian) Samples of Napoleon; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Bill, John, and Paul Kreuzman. Mrs. Vankirk was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon and was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 5th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Father Rob Hankee officiating. Burial will be in the St. Maurice Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be Sunday from 6pm to 9pm. Memorials may be given to the Napoleon Fire Department or the St. Maurice Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Norma Lee Hill, 79, of Versailles passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Correct on October 13, 1929 the daughter of Clarence and Beulah Warfield Underwood. She was married to William D. Hill on June 17, 1950 and he survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Bartlow of Batesville and Christy Grossman of Versailles; six grandchildren Courtney (Brian) Hostetler of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Chris Bartlow of Westfield, Jordan Grossman of Casper, Wyoming, Joshua Grossman of Greensburg, and Jared and Jonathan Grossman of Versailles; one brother Robert (Marge) Underwood of Correct. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law Ed Bartlow. Mrs. Hill was a 1947 graduate of Versailles High School. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, pie baking, and fishing. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary, the 8 & 40, Delta-Rho Chapter of Tri-Kappa, and the Correct Homemakers. She had been employed with the Southeastern Indiana REMC and had worked in the Ripley County Treasurerís office. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 1pm to 4pm 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 Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary in care of the funeral home.

 

Barbara Wall, 77, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at her home. She was born at Portsmouth, Ohio on January 31, 1932 the daughter of Tom and Lucille Lamb Turner. She was married to Bobby Wall on December 24, 1952 and he preceded her in death on November 6, 2001. Survivors include one son Chris (Sandy) Wall of Versailles; four daughters Jennifer (Pat) Moody and Holly (Mike) Cheek both of Versailles, and Martha Wall and Marlene Stanton both of Milan; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; one brother Donald (Patty) Turner of Land Between the Lakes, Tennessee. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sons Richard and Scott, her grandson Joshua Wall, and one great-grandson. Mrs. Wall was a 1950 graduate of Dixie Heights High School where she was her class valedictorian. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and had taught school in Kentucky and locally at New Marion. Mrs. Wall was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ and served on the board of the Little Blessings Pre-School. Funeral services will be Friday at 2pm at the Versailles Church of Christ with Dale Day officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral. Burial will be private at the New Marion Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the building fund of the Versailles Church of Christ or to the Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Martha C. Bush, 81, of Holton passed away Monday, September 28,2009 at her home. She was born at Naveau, Alabama on September 11, 1928 the daughter of Robert and Zora Johnson Tyler. She was married to Glen Bush on March 18, 1951 and he survives. Other survivors include five sons, Don (Sandra) Bush of Bedford, Glen David (Sheryl) Bush of South port, William (Joyce) Bush of Holton, Hugh Michael (Patti) Bush of Versailles, and Martin (Tammy) Bush ofSunman; one daughter Denise Atkins of Holton; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; five brothers Jesse (Ann) Tyler of Boise, Idaho, Tim (Judy) Tyler, Chris (Nancy) Tyler, and Kent Tyler all of Holton, and Tom (Shirley) Tyler of North Vernon; one sister Betty Smith of Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert, Preston, and Cebren Tyler, and her sisters Mary Ward and Chloe Waller. Mrs. Bush was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 2nd at llam at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Cebren Tyler, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Holton West Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

 

Juanita Belew, 83, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Coalfield, Tennessee on December 1, 1925 the daughter of Leslie and Lillie Jackson Richards. She was married to Robert A. Belew on April 26, 1947 and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2000. Survivors include two sons Steve (Diane) Belew of Dillsboro and Terry Belew of Fishers; five daughters Laurel of Burlington, Shirley (Steve) Browne of Carmel, Glenna (Clint) Gerster of Milan, Marilyn of Versailles, and Janella (David) LeBretton of Hamilton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren; one brother Earl Richards of Greenwood; two sisters Rosemary Stevens of Nicholasville, Kentucky and Ruth (Maurice) Elkins of Eustis, Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Carl, Clyde, and Frank Richards, and her sister Magdalene Inman. Mrs. Belew was a homemaker and had done wallpapering in the Versailles and Milan communities. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church at Versailles and was also a member of the Sunshine and Cheer Club. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 28th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons of the Washington Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Marble Corner Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Marble Corner Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Victor F. Hitz, 89,of Versailles passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at North Madison on March 22nd, 1920 the son of Frazier and Emma Reiman Hitz. He was married to Wanda Barringer on October 24, 1946 and she preceded him in death on November 30, 1997. Survivors include one daughter Gail Deatherage and her companion Larry Lovejoy of Warsaw, Kentucky; one son Fred (Malena) Hitz of Muncie; four grandchildren, Christopher Armbrecht of Union, Kentucky, Lori (Ken) Armbrecht Reed of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, Erin (Kevin) Hitz Reed, and Ryan (Sharon) Hitz both of Noblesville; five great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Frazier Hitz.  Mr. Hitz was a 1940 graduate of North Madison High School. He had attended Hanover College and Indiana University and graduated from the Tommy Bright School of Floral Design in Indianapolis. He was an Army veteran of WWII, where he served as a Staff Sergeant in the 702nd Re-con Division. Mr. Hitz was featured in Stars and Stripes magazine after he and two other men in his division shot down a low flying German observation plane with their pistols. The three then captured the pilot of the plane after he landed nearby. He fought in campaigns in Northern Africa, Italy, Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Ardennes. He received 7 bronze stars, one bronze service arrowhead, the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and a Distinguished Unit Citation. He and his wife owned and operated Hitz Greenhouse in Versailles from 1947 till 1978. He was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church, Versailles American Legion, Versailles Masonic Lodge, and the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite. He was a former member and fire chief of the Versailles Fire Department, the Tyson Fund Board, and the Tyson Library Board. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. James Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in the Springdale Cemetery at Madison with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Fire Department or the Versailles American Legion in care of the funeral home.

 

Leo Virginia Whitham, 90, of North Vernon passed away Sunday, September 20, 2009 at the Jennings Healthcare Center in North Vernon. She was born near Benham on June 1, 1919 the daughter of Clyde and Susan Leatherbury Whitham. Survivors include two brothers Willis Whitham of North Vernon and Robert Whitham of Madison; one sister Mary Whitham of Centerville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Daily, Earl, Gary, Harvey, Willard, and Frank Whitham, and her sisters Faye, Marcella, and Dorothy. Miss Whitham was a former employee of Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati and was a homemaker. As a child, she attended the Blackwell School near Benham. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Floyd Menchhofer, 91, of Osgood passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born near Versailles on November 28, 1917 the son of Henry and Ethel Dorrell Menchhofer. He was married to Evelyn Parker on March 23, 1941 and she preceded him in death on November 10, 2008. Survivors include one son William (Emma) Menchhofer of Osgood; five grandchildren Teresa (Alan) Kramer of Greensburg, Tammy (Randall) Miller of Versailles, Tina (Marvin) Kramer of Greensburg, Tom (Melissa) Menchhofer of Holton, and Todd (Sharon) Menchhofer of Greensburg; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters Viola Arsenault of Rancho Cordova, California, Rose Ann Westerfeld of Greensburg, and Wilma Greene of Madison. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his sister Opal Belter, and his brothers Clarence, Irvin, Paul, and Ray Menchhofer. Mr. Menchhofer attended grade school at Splashville and Tanglewood and was a 1937 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church and a former member of the Osgood Library Board. He had been employed with the Ripley County Farm Bureau and the Nestleís Milk Plant in Osgood which later became Beatrice Foods. He received three outstanding service awards from Beatrice.  Mr. Menchhofer had also did home repairs for several years. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 19th at 10:30am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Margaret Mary Hospice or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Jacob I. Waldon, 94, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Cincinnati passed away Friday, September 11, 2009 at the Kobacker House in Columbus. He was born near Elrod on May 30, 1915 the son of Benjamin and Lora Benham Waldon. He was married to Margaret Hodge of Holton in May of 1939 and she preceded him in death on August 30, 1994. Survivors include one son Jacob D. (Laurie) Waldon of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter Myrna (Robert) Beehler of Bakersfield, California; three grandchildren, Matthew Beehler and his fiancé Audrey Miller of St. Helena, California, Kelly Waldon and her fiancé Adam Calvelage of Columbus, Ohio, and Kara Waldon also of Columbus. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Garnet Hunger and Opal Polston. Mr. Waldon was a 1932 graduate of Versailles High School. He was also a graduate of Southern College in Collegedale, Tennessee and received his Masterís Degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he participated in the Normandy Invasion. Mr. Waldon retired from Ford Motor Company in Cincinnati where he worked as a sales engineer and was a member of the Village Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cincinnati. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 19th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Paul St. Villiers officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Visitation will be Saturday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Village Seventh Day Adventist Church or the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Helen F. Powell, 85, of Holton passed away Saturday, September 12, 2009 at her home. She was born at Warsaw, Kentucky on September 20, 1923 the daughter of Stanley and Laura Jackson. She was married to Woodrow Wilson Powell on May 26, 1943 and he preceded her in death on August 6, 1986. Survivors include two daughters Lynda (Ernie) Carf of Holton and Kay (Ronald) Barrows of Bennington; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; one sister Hazel Cunningham of Milan; one brother Russell Jackson of Florence, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Harold and Wilfred Jackson, and her sisters Adaleide Lewis, Rhona White, and Madge Breadon. Mrs. Powell was a homemaker and a former caseworker for Head Start. She had also served as a volunteer for the Green Thumb Literacy Program in Lawrenceburg. Visitation will be at 11am on Wednesday, September 16th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services will follow at 12pm at the Dabney Cemetery with Pastor Melvin Barrows officiating. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.

 

Herman (Duke) Werner, Jr., 79, of Versailles passed away Monday, September 7, 2009 at his home. He was born at Cross Plains on January 5, 1930 the son of Herman Sr. and Leola Smith Werner. He was married to Catherine Ward on November 26, 1953 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Kay (Kevin) Byrne of Sellersburg; three sons Jeff (Melissa) Werner of North Manchester, Chris (Shelley) Werner of Cincinnati, and David (Gwen) Werner of Gainesville, Florida; four grandchildren; one brother Estol Werner of Milhousen; one sister Esther (Raymond) Geisler of Correct. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Norman. Mr. Werner was a 1948 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of Korea where he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. He was also the recipient of the Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Medal, and two Bronze Stars. He was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Olean, the Versailles American Legion, and was a former member of the Versailles Town Board. Mr. Werner was a 32year employee of Monsanto, retiring in 1989. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 12th at 10:30am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor James Culver officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Paulís building fund, Cliff Hill Cemetery, or the Kings Daughters Hospice in care of the funeral home.

 

Harlan M. Day, 88, of Versailles passed away Monday, September 7, 2009 at his home. He was born at Barwick in Breathitt County, Kentucky on September 6, 1921 the son of Kelly and Erasta Stidham Day. He was married to Effie Jones on September 24, 1949 and she preceded him in death on May 6, 2001. He was married to Tisha Garland on October 16, 2005 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Norma Lee Hughes of Oklahoma and Becky (Jerry) Hunteman of North Vernon; four sons Norman (Brenda) Day of Napoleon, Dexter (Claudette) Day, Clayton Day, and Clinton Day all of Versailles; two step-daughters Jamie (Steven) Duke of Versailles and Erin (Mike) Bradley of Holton; two step-sons Bryan Garland of Cincinnati and Thomas Scott Garland of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren; three brothers Joe (Peggy) Day, Dale (LaVerne) Day, and Tom (Lorine) Day all of Versailles; four sisters Pruda Setser, Mary Ellen Thieman, and Pauline Hart all of Versailles, and Lillie Mae Hisle of Greenfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sons Wendell Day and Denver Day. Mr. Day graduated high school in Hazard and had attended the Buckhorn, Kentucky College. He was an Army veteran of WWII and was a 33year employee of the Jefferson Proving Ground. He was also a founder and charter member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cammack of the Bethany Baptist Church and Dale Day of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Gideons, Rescue 69, or the Bethany Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Margaret Reese, 87, of Indianapolis passed away Sunday, September 6, 2009 at the Rosegate Village in Indianapolis. She was born at Vernon on July 12, 1922 the daughter of John and Nancy Bowerly. She was married to Herschel Reese on December 11, 1941 and he preceded her in death on February 21, 2002. Survivors include two daughters Marcia Alford and Cindy (Richard) Day both of Indianapolis; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; one sister Edna Boyd of Indianapolis. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son Robert Reese. Mrs. Reese was a 1940 graduate of Vernon High School. She was retired from University Heights Hospital in Indianapolis where she worked as a ward secretary. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 9th from 10am to 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with graveside services following at the Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hospice in care of the funeral home.

 

Mabel C. Evans, 95, of Versailles passed away Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Quercus Grove in Switzerland County on August 10, 1914 the daughter of Albert and Ida Long Keith. She was married to Ralph ďWhitĒ Evans on January 8, 1938 and he preceded her in death on October 19, 1978. Survivors include two sons Pastor Ronald (Norma Jean) Evans of Seymour and James (Arlene) Evans of Versailles; 7 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Wilford, Fenton, Raymond, and Melvin Keith, and her sisters Pearl Robinson, Gertrude Paxton, Hilda Wheeler, Ruth McComb, and Esther Kelly. Mrs. Evans was a 1932 graduate of Patriot High School where she played on the girls basketball team. She worked with her husband at the Evans and Evans filling station and restaurant in Versailles and had also worked as a cook at South Ripley High School. She was a 69 year member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she founded and worked with the childrenís choir for several years. She also enjoyed gardening, working in her yard, and fishing. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 8th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mark Walker and Rev. Mike Sawalich officiating. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Gideons or to the cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Tracey Ann DeWitt Bogan, 32, of Versailles passed away Monday, August 31, 2009 in Louisville. She was born in Lawrenceburg on September 1, 1976 the daughter of Gary and Carolyn Ann McMurray DeWitt. Survivors include her parents of Versailles; her daughters Meranda Rene Bogan, Bethany Ann Bogan, and Lillie Rain DeWitt; two brothers, Gary DeWitt II of Versailles and Robert DeWitt of Osgood, and nieces and nephews. Ms. Bogan had attended South Ripley High School and was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 3pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials will be accepted for Traceyís daughters in care of the funeral home.

 

Larry L. Nighbert, 61, of Napoleon passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at the Columbus Regional Hospital. He was born at Anderson on September 20, 1947 the son of Robert and Marian Jeffries Nighbert. He was married to Judy Poulson on June 3, 1967 and she preceded him in death on October 18, 1999. He was married to Phyllis Downey Swinney on June 5, 2004 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Larry C. Nighbert and his companion Patricia Blum of Osgood; one daughter Peggy (Jim) Johannigman of Osgood.; four grandchildren; three step-daughters Julie (Jeff) Royce and Michelle (Vince) Green both of North Vernon and Sara (Zeb) Hildebrand of Holton; 6 step-grandchildren; one brother Roger Nighbert of North Vernon; four sisters, Sheila (Junior) Ochoa of Frankton, Vicky (Tony) Cantrell and Joyce (Mike) Goodman both of Alexandria, and Diana (Tom) Gibson of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Norman. Mr. Nighbert was a 1965 graduate of Frankton High School. He was a 32 year employee at Muscatatuck retiring in 2003. He enjoyed farming and collected John Deere tractors. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 4th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Shivers of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the cemetery or the Hopewell building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Virginia E. Lagle, 89, of Versailles passed away Sunday, August 30, 2009 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Geneva, Indiana on November 21, 1919 the daughter of Adam and Ethel Harbour Egly. She was married to Rev. Donald Lagle on January 31, 1943 and he preceded her in death on December 25, 1987. Survivors include one son Thomas H. Lagle of Johnson City, Tennessee; two daughters Rebecca (William) Carr of Bellefontaine, Ohio and Sally (Jim) Morris of Versailles; grandchildren Lauren Morris of Long Beach, California, Megan Carr of Indianapolis, Andrew (Stacy) Carr of North Olmstead, Ohio, and Sarah Morris of Los Angeles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Connie, one brother and one sister. Mrs. Lagle was a 1937 graduate of Geneva High School and was also a graduate of the International Business College at Fort Wayne. She had attended Franklin College and was a member of the Phi Beta Phi Sorority. Her working career included being a secretary at East Tennessee State University as well as working along side her husband in the many churches he pastored in Indiana, Florida, and Tennessee. She was also a Red Cross volunteer. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 3pm at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian church of your choice, or the Ripley County Community Foundation in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Janet M. Bressert, 67,of Versailles passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at the Dearborn County Hospital. She was born at Dayton, Ohio on January 23, 1942 the daughter of Earl and Doris Hiler Biddle. She was married to Charles (Chuck) Bressert on September 11, 1964 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Bob (Heather) Bressert of Aurora; two daughters Carla Huff of Osgood and Darla (Jeremy) Lathrem of Deputy; grandsons Curtis Bressert, Tristan Davies, Keith Huff, and Brady Lathrem; granddaughters Morgan Bressert and Autumn Lathrem; one sister Sue (Chuck) Huddleston of Versailles, one brother Joe (Mary) Biddle of Denver, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers David and Doug Biddle, and her nephew David Wayne Biddle. Mrs. Bressert was a 1960 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, knitting, crocheting and playing cards. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22nd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Tom Fehrman 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 or the American Cancer Society.

 

Beatrice Boyd, 87, of Holton passed away Thursday, August 13, 2009 at her home. She was born at Osgood on August 22, 1921 the daughter of Everett and Louise Stegmann Beach. She was married to Donald Boyd on September 19, 1953 and he preceded her in death on August 27, 1976. Survivors include one son Donald (Mary) Nealis of Holton; one granddaughter Rae Jean Auterson of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her grandson Randy Nealis, her brothers Jesse, Woodrow, Wilbur, and George Beach, and her sisters Mildred Cziek and Mary Adams. Mrs. Boyd was a 1939 graduate of Holton High School and a graduate of the Central Beauty School in Indianapolis. She was a member of the Holton Christian Church. Her working career included employment at Seagrams and Muscatatuck. She also was employed as an accountant with Nealís Ford in Osgood and retired from the Ripley County Welfare Office. She had served as the president of the Holton Cemetery Association since 1969 and had been a long time director for the Ripley County Historical Society representing Otter Creek Township. She had also served as Ripley County Historian, an appointment she received in 1981. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 19th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Robert McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery or the Ripley County Historical Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Donn A. Snedaker, 54, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at his home. He was born at Batesville on May 28, 1955 the son of Harold and Wilma Lehman Snedaker. Survivors include his mother Wilma Snedaker of Versailles; two sisters Sarita (Walter) Kamman of Holton and Barbara (Kenny) Myers of Versailles; one niece Courtney (Mike) Hughes of Osgood; three nephews Brian (BJ) Myers of Versailles, Wayne Wall of Osgood, and Travis Wall of Versailles; three great-nephews and eight great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, and his brother Leslie Snedaker. Mr. Snedaker was a 1973 graduate of South Ripley High School. He received his BS degree and Masterís degree from Ball State University in elementary education and elementary administration. He had been a 32 year employee of the Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation where he taught and served as the assistant principal of the Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School for the last seven years. He was also the resource person for the corporation in special education, served on the school improvement planning committee, school task force, gifted and talented committee, and the elementary and high school special education core committee. He also supervised many athletic and academic activities. He was a member of the Shelby Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Shelby Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Jac-Cen-Del Scholarship Fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Ruth Hey, 85, of Titusville, Florida passed away Friday, July 31, 2009 at her home. She was born near Rexville on June 8, 1924 the daughter of Verne and Odetta Kirk Suter. She was married to Wayne Hey on March 4, 1951 and he preceded her in death on April 20, 2009. Survivors include one daughter Myra (Ron) Wamsley of Greenfield; three sons Verne Giltner of Indianapolis, Jerry Hey of Titusville, and Brian Hey of Carriere, Mississippi; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; one brother Bernard (Martha) Suter of Indianapolis; two sisters Dalene Vestal of Greenfield and Clarice Mason of Melbourne, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Shane Howard. Mrs. Hey was a 1942 graduate of New Marion High School. She was a 25 year employee of Western Electric in Indianapolis and was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Titusville. She enjoyed gardening and reading. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 7th at 12pm at the Shelby Christian Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Gideons in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Alice Marie McEvoy, 74, of Holton passed away Monday, August 3, 2009 at her home. She was born in Shelby Township near New Marion on August 15, 1934 the daughter of Ed and Hattie Robertson Kennens. Survivors include one daughter Sandy (Jim) Castner of Holton; three sons, Donald (Marilee) McEvoy, Stephen McEvoy, and David (Phyllis) McEvoy all of Holton; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Bobby and her daughter Cindy, her parents, her brothers Ray Kennens and Lester (Tiny) Kennens, and her sisters Betty Morgan and Mary Estell. Mrs. McEvoy was a member of the Holton Christian Church and the Holton Hometowners. She had served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Otter Creek Township and had worked for several years on the election board. She was a 35 year employee of US Shoe in Osgood and had been employed with the Holton Food Mart. She had also served on the board for the Holton Jamboree. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 6th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Karen Reynolds of the New Marion Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Norman L. Huelson, 89, of Versailles passed away Friday, July 31, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Shelby Township near New Marion on November 22, 1919 the son of Fred and Mary Flick Huelson. He was married to Rebecca Belew on December 16, 1940 and she preceded him in death on February 7, 1979. He was married to Wanda Hawley Fields on August 16, 1980 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Norma Jean (Ron) Evans of Seymour, Mary Jane (Wayne) Williams of Scottsburg, and Judith Ann (Chris) Hassfurder of Madison; three step-sons, Jeff (Jennifer) Fields of Hereford, Arizona, Scott (Denise) Fields of New Marion, and Todd (Tricia) Fields of Liberty; four step-daughters Jackie (Jerry) Flannery of Batesville, Robin (Bill) Cannarito and Marsha (Bruce) Spivey both of Napoleon, and Jodee Fields and her fiancé Bruce Coy of Versailles; 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren, and 11 step-great grandchildren. Mr. Huelson was a 1937 graduate of New Marion High School. He was a 31 year veteran of the Indiana State Police having started in the Connersville District in 1942. Prior to that, his recruiting class was trained in the use of horses, which took place at the Culver Military Academy. In 1956 he was assigned to the Versailles Post and was promoted to Corporal. His other promotions included 1st Sergeant in 1958 and Lieutenant in 1970 where he became the first Lieutenant of the Versailles Post. Mr. Huelson retired from the State Police in 1973 and became the Special Investigator for the Ripley County Prosecutorís Office where he worked for 26 years retiring in 1999. He attended the New Marion Baptist Church and was a member of the Versailles Lions Club where he was named ďLion of the YearĒ in 2008. He was also a member of the Indiana State Police Pioneers and the Versailles Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 4th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mark Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Baptist Church, the Gideonís, the Holton Cemetery, or the Alzheimerís Association in care of the funeral home.

 

Ralph F. Smith, 67, of Ingalls, Indiana  passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at St. Johnís Medical Center in Anderson. He was born near Dillsboro on October 31, 1941 the son of Ralph A. and Cozzie Baker Smith. He was married to Martha J. Lovins on March 16, 1960 and she survives. Other survivor include two sons Robert (Tina) Smith of London, Ohio and Rick (Margaret) Smith of Ingalls; son-in-law Randy Buhrmester of Needham; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Snelling of Pendleton and Martha Clark of Dillsboro. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Michelle Buhrmester, grandson Richard Johns, and his sister Thelma Dresselhaus. Mr. Smith was a 10 year veteran of the United States Marines. He served two tours and five campaigns of duty in Vietnam. He was a self-employed truck driver for 33 years acting as owner and operator. He was a life member of the Pendleton Amvets, a life member of the Marysville, Ohio VFW, a member of the Noblesville American Legion, the Mt. Carmel Masonic Lodge in Richwood, Ohio, and the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, Indiana. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 11am until time of services. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery with full military honors.

 

Mary Jo Raney, 79, of Versailles passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Lake Guega, Ohio on May 23, 1930 the daughter of Louis Carter and Lula Faye Kinney Everett. Survivors include one son Mike (Bonnie) Raney of Versailles; one daughter Diana Clark of Arizona; 2 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren; three sisters Nancy Thurston of Las Cruses, New Mexico, Lydia Cox of Lafayette, and Sharon Hostetler of Moores Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Bud and Louis Everett, Jr., and her sisters Carol Schuknect and Betty Tryon. Mrs. Raney was retired from the Indiana State Police in Versailles where she had worked as a secretary and she was a member of the Hanover Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 29th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Elizabeth Jackson Raney, 94, of Versailles passed away Friday, July 24, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Dabney on May 15, 1915 the daughter of Roy and Lela Kirtley Daugherty. She was married to Charles Jackson on July 12, 1934 and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1977. She was married to Ray Raney on December 6, 1979 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Patty (Herman) Stutler of Versailles; one step-son, Mike (Bonnie) Raney of Versailles; two grandchildren Cynthia Stutler of Amelia, Ohio and Rev. Kurt (Jean) Stutler of Anderson, South Carolina; 4 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles Daugherty. Mrs. Raney was a 1932 graduate of Holton High School. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church for 67 years and she participated in the church choir for over 60 years. She had been employed as a school secretary for 40 years serving 18 years at Versailles High School and 22 years at South Ripley High School. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 28th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Kurt Stutler and Rev. Mike Cantrel officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the church choir.

 

Robert R. Cutter, 66, of Versailles passed away Sunday, July 19, 2009 at St. Andrews Health Care in Batesville. He was born at Milan, Indiana on November 27, 1942 the son of Raymond and Ruth Linkmeyer Cutter. Survivors include his wife, Becky Thieman Cutter, two sons Jeff (Melissa) of Dillsboro, Mark (Michelle) of Versailles, one daughter Christy (Jim) Longo of Lawrenceburg, four grandchildren, and one brother Chris Cutter of Georgetwon, Kentucky. His parents preceded Mr. Cutter in death. He worked for Cummins in Columbus for 35-years. He was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry and a 1960 graduate of Cross Plains High School. . Funeral service will be held Wednesday; July 22, 2009 at the St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Rev. Ralph Campen officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 21, 2009 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paulís Lutheran Church or the American cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Lois Wilhelm Salmon, 94, of Versailles passed away Sunday, July 12th, 2009 at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born in Russell County, Kentucky on March 27th, 1915, the daughter of Samuel and Kate Antle Browning. She was married to Everett Wilhelm on March 5, 1932 and later married Richard Salmon on November 5, 1983.  He preceded her in death on March 12, 1988. She is survived by two daughters; Jill Swinney of Osgood and Sue Meisberger of Versailles, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, two sisters; Rosemary Turner of Russell Springs, Kentucky and Louise Cruse of Lincoln, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother; Bill Browning, one sister; Susan Cruse. Mrs. Salmon was retired from G.A. Triplett in Osgood, a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Osgood. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 16th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Bob Harting officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the American Cancer society.

 

Anna M. Cook, 92, of Versailles passed away Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born in Cincinnati on March 15th, 1917 the daughter of Frank and Julia Miller. She was married to Joseph T. Cook and he precedes her in death. Other survivors include two sons Joseph B of Seymour and David (Jackie) of Versailles, and one sister, Virginia Kemper of Cincinnati. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter; Joanne Cook, son; Fabian Cook, one grandchild and one sister; Esther Gabbard. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00am to 10:00am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with graveside services following at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials may be made to the donorís choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Seth William Stegemoller, three months old of Olean passed away Saturday, July 4, 2009 at his home. He was born at Batesville on March 30, 2009. Survivors include his parents,  Phillip and Chloe Schmidt Stegemoller of Olean and Nathan Woods of Versailles; four brothers Justin Stegemoller, Michael, Anthony, and Charlie Woods; one sister Makenzie Stegemoller; grandparents John and Malinda Stegemoller of Canaan, David and Dawn Corney of Austin, Texas, Tim and Sharon Woods of Versailles, and Mike and Anita Schmidt of Napoleon; great-grandparents Harold and Bea Stegemoller of Versailles, Barbara Pilz of Napoleon, Audrey Woods of Batesville, and Bettie Bishop of Canaan, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Schmidt of Milan. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 7th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor James Culver officiating. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department, St. Paulís Lutheran Church or St. Peterís Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Gene H. Gunter, 57, of North Vernon passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at his home. He was born at Holton, Indiana on April 20, 1952 the son of Charley and Mary Simpson Gunter. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Brewer, three daughters Michele Ross, Regina (Robert) Graham, Joyce (Brian) Jines all of North Vernon, stepdaughters, Terina (Keith) Harold of Nineveh, Sondra (Chris) Rush of Carrollton, KY, Lisa (Anthony) Wilks of Vevay, stepsons, Joshua (Juanita) Lock of Canaan, and Jacob Lock of Paris Crossing, seven grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and one great grandchild, three brothers, Roy (Betty) Gunter of New Marion, Ray (Edie) Gunter of Holton, Willis Gunter of North Vernon, two sisters, Susan Rice of Versailles, and Brenda Sandlin of North Vernon. Mr. Gunter was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Daniel, James and Charles, two sisters, Lonnie Tyler and Linda Hurst. He worked as a machinist for SET Enterprises in North Vernon. He enjoyed fishing, camping and his golf cart. Mr. Gunter loved people and visiting with his friends and family. Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Holton Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Connie S. McEvoy, 52, of Holton passed away Monday, June 15, 2009 at her home. She was born at Charleston, South Carolina on February 23, 1957 the daughter of R. Keith and Pauline Weintraut Smith. She was married to Stephen McEvoy on February 14, 1989 and he survives. Other survivors include her mother Mrs. Pauline Smith of Shelbyville; four sons Mark McEvoy of Holton, Kris (Danielle) Swain of Holton, Mike McEvoy of Napoleon, and Tom Ogden of Indianapolis; one daughter Mindy Bowling of Indianapolis; 7 grandchildren; 4 sisters Lynda (Darrell) Curson of Bloomington, Valerie (Terry) Coen of Morristown, Teresa (Roger) Moore of Waldron, and Marcey (Jimmie) McCoy of Louisiana;  3 brothers Jim (Diana) Smith and Clifford (Pam) Smith both of Waldron, and Jeff (Cheri) Smith of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. McEvoy was a 1975 graduate of Waldron High School and was a 25 year employee of Print Pak in Greensburg. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 18th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Karen Reynolds of the New Marion Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Carl Campbell, 73, of Napoleon passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Cincinnati on April 6, 1936 the son of Willie and Mary Edington Campbell. He was married to Sharon Reed on December 7, 2005 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Katrina Hiett of Aurora and Bonnie Campbell of Napoleon; five grandchildren. Mr. Campbell served in the Army from 1957 to 1959 as a private first class. He was also a former employee of the Argosy Casino. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2pm at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison. Memorials may be made to the donors choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Earl S. Strimple, 93,of Versailles passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009 at St. Andrews in Batesville. He was born at Versailles on December 20, 1915 the son of Charles P. and Shirley Sheldon Strimple. He was married to Ruby Hammond on January 9, 1937 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Sue (Terry) Boiman of Lakeside Park, Kentucky and Connie (Gary) Banks of Inverness, Florida; three grandchildren, Emily (Chris) Jahr of Gainesville, Florida, Zachary Banks of Inverness, Florida, and Ben Boiman of Lakeside Park, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wilfred Strimple and his sister Dorthea Pfautz. Mr. Strimple was a 1934 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a 37 year employee of the B & O Railroad where he worked as a track inspector, retiring in 1979. He and his wife had owned and operated the 421 Motel in Versailles for 21 years. He was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 17th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. James Byerly of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Tyson United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Justin Clayton, 20, of Madison passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009 at his home. He was born at Madison on November 25, 1988 the son of William Clayton and Connie McClain. Survivors include his father William Clayton of Osgood; his mother Connie McClain of Madison; one sister Sally Clayton of Milton, Kentucky; half-brother William Clayton of Texas; half-sister Heather Freeman of Osgood; maternal grandfather Alex McClain of Centralia, Illinois; maternal grandmother Ramona Farrell of Versailles. Mr. Clayton was a 2008 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and was a currently a student at Ivy Tech in Madison studying business. Funeral services will  be held Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Robert McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday beginning at 5pm. Memorials may be given to the Holton Christian Church.

 

Lee Phillips, 77, of Versailles passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009 at his home. He was born near Friendship on October 18, 1931 the son of Leroy and Bernice Thornton Phillips. He was married to Wanda Rose on October 18, 1952 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Marcia (Pete) Holcomb of Versailles, Bennilee Westmeier of Nineveh, and Sandra (Lynn) Works of Bennington; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one sister Fleeta Smith of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter Clarissa Westmeier. Mr. Phillips was a self-employed truck driver. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 15th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Sherman Hughes of the Bear Creek Baptist Church at Friendship officiating. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery near Fairview. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Anna Mae Bustle, 77, of Jesup, Georgia, formerly of Versailles passed away Sunday, June 7, 2009 at the Brunswick Southeast Georgia Medical Center. She was born near Correct on October 6, 1931 the daughter of Roy and Clara Hughes Handlon. She was married to Tom Bustle and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1999. Survivors include three daughters Linda (Jesse) Owens of Jesup, Georgia, Sherri (Jerry) Dolan of White, Georgia, and Patti (Richard) Blankenship of Soldotna, Alaska; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; three step-sons, Dean Bustle of Dabney, Jack Bustle of Holton, and Wayne Bustle of Louisville. Mrs. Bustle was retired as a retail clerk for K Mart in Gainesville, Florida and was a member of the Faith Chapel in Jesup. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 11th at 12:30pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Mrs. Bustleís grandson Rev. Thomas Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:30am until time of services. Memorials may be given to ARDS or the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Opal Hamilton, 97, of Rexville passed away Monday, June 8, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Brooksburg on June 15, 1911 the daughter of Harry and Carrie Bliton Christman. She was married to Thomas Hamilton on July 12, 1928 and he preceded her in death on June 7, 1977. Survivors include one daughter Jane Hance of Rexville; one son David (Donna) Hamilton of Rexville; 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roscoe Christman,  her sister Ruth Meisberger, and her son-in-law John Hance. Mrs. Hamilton had worked as nurses aide at Kings Daughters Hospital and also at the Silver Bell Nursing Home. Along with her husband, she had also owned and operated Hamiltonís Grocery in Rexville. She was a member of the Calvary Wesleyan Church in Madison. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Wayne Mahoney of Calvary Wesleyan officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Calvary Wesleyan Church in care of the funeral home.

 

David M. Monroe, 58, of Versailles passed away Friday, June 6, 2009 at his home. He was born at Altadena, California on January 12, 1951 the son of Marion and Caroline Hays Monroe. Survivors include one daughter Lori (Dwight) Krieg of Batesville; grandchildren Abbie and Ben Krieg; one sister Nancy Pickett of Versailles; nephew Jeff Pickett and niece Jennifer Smith. Mr. Monroe was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School. He worked as a machinist for 35 years at Ohio Rod in Versailles retiring in 2003. He enjoyed coon hunting and fishing. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Becky Pohle officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Matthew Paul Obendorf, 31, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Cincinnati on November 21, 1977 the son of Paul and Cheryll Black Obendorf. He was married to Veronica Graver on August 20, 2005 and she survives. Other survivors include his son Benjamin Matthew Obendorf and his daughter Lauren Catherine Obendorf  both at home; his parents Paul and Cheryll Obendorf; his father and mother-in-law Mark and Debra Graver of Dillsboro; maternal grandmother Jessie Schamel of Batesville; one brother John (Julie Ann) Obendorf of Versailles; two sisters Lindsay Obendorf and Jennifer (Mark) Darnold both of Madison; brother-in-law Jack Graver of Dillsboro. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Louis and Miriam Obendorf, Charles Cecil Black, and Olin H. Schamel. Matt was a 1996 graduate of South Ripley High School and a graduate of Full Sail with a degree in Recording Arts Technology.  He was the afternoon DJ at WORX in Madison and was the varsity soccer coach at South Ripley High School since 2003. He was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean and enjoyed music, time with his kids, coaching soccer, Cincinnati Reds baseball, and IU basketball. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 8th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor James Culver officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to Mattís Mission or Brown Cancer Research Center in care of the funeral home.

 

Chris Jones, 65, of High Point, North Carolina passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at the High Point Regional Hospital. He was born at Bright Shade, Kentucky on August 21, 1943 the son of Otis and Elva Mills Jones. He was married to Rachel Caffee on August 13, 1983 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Mike Jones and one daughter Melanie Jones both of Batesville; 3 grandchildren; one brother John Jones of Greensburg; two sisters Theola Webster of Lawrenceburg and Allene Cartee of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Jones was a self-employed furniture product engineer. Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 24th at 2pm at the Shelby Cemetery with Rev. Garland Rudd of the Cedar Creek Community Church officiating. Memorials may be given to the Heart Strides Scholarship fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Margaret Orman, 67, of Rising Sun, formerly of Versailles passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born Lafayette on March 7, 1942 the daughter of Charles and Beulah McIntire Ruch. She was married to Ray Orman on June 20, 1962 and he preceded her in death on July 4, 2004. Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Hensley and her husband Jody of Rising Sun and Greta Glotzbach and her husband Kelly of Mitchell; 6 grandchildren and one great-grandson; one brother Chuck (Trudy) Ruch of Peoria, Illinois; two sisters Nancy Lakin and Sue (Jerry) Ray both of Bedford. Mrs. Orman was a 1960 graduate of Shawswick High School in Lawrence County and received her BA degree from Purdue University. She had done sub-teaching at Jac-Cen-Del and South Ripley. In 1981 she became a loan specialist and supervisor for the FHA, retiring in 2003. She was a member of the Indiana Shorthorn Association and Shorthorn Lassies, and was a long time leader with the Hassmer Hilltoppers 4-H club. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 18th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bobby Brook officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery near Versailles. Visitation will be Monday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Indiana 4-H Foundation or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Mark A. Rullman, 56, of Versailles passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009 at his home. He was born at Milan on July 10, 1952 the son of Lloyd and Dana Faye Miller Rullman. He was married to Amy Rodgers on May 17, 2003 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Dana Faye Rullman of Dillsboro; one son Matthew Rullman of Aurora; two daughters; Sara Rullman of Versailles, and Whitney Rodgers of Versailles; two sisters Shauna Hamilton of Moores Hill and Sheila Creek of Dillsboro; and an aunt Dorothy Ann Rullman. He was preceded in death by his father, his son Jeremy, and his brother Edward. Mr. Rullman was a 1970 graduate of Dillsboro High School and was employed with Baird Auto Transport as a car hauler. He was a member of the Hope Baptist Church at Dillsboro, the Hopewell Masonic Lodge at Dillsboro, and the Milan Sons of the American Legion. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am at the Hope Baptist Church at Dillsboro with Rev. Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the church. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Donald E. Cozad, 83, of St. Cloud, Florida passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the Osceola Health Care Center in St. Cloud. He was born at Quincy, Illinois on October 12, 1925 the son of Francis and Doris Adams Cozad. Survivors include one sister June (Woodie) Sizemore of Versailles along with two nieces and a nephew and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Kenneth and Gerald. Mr. Cozad was a 1943 graduate of Holton High School. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1966 and was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He participated in battles in the Rhineland and Central Europe and received the WWII Victory Medal, 2 overseas service bars, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 2 bronze stars, Occupation of Germany Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Cozad had also been employed at the Muscatatuck State Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 2nd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Saturday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Eunice Stamper Hughes Stegemoller, 88, of Olean passed away Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Waters of Dillsboro Manor. She was born at Farmers Retreat on May 24, 1920 the daughter of  William and Nancy Mitts Stamper. She was married to Louis Stegemoller on December 29, 1990 and he survives. Other survivor include one daughter Vesta Ryan of Dillsboro; three sons, Rev. Sherman (Muriel) Hughes of Dillsboro, Charles Hughes of Westville, and George Hughes of Anderson; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Nancy, and her sisters Ila Dennis, Thelma Bruce, and Helen Davies. Mrs. Stegemoller was a 1937 graduate of Dillsboro High School. She had worked at the Blue Star Manor in Dillsboro and was also a cook at Dillsboro Manor retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship where she was active in the ABWM. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 30th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. 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. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or St. Peterís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Wayne C. Hey, 93, of Titusville, Florida passed away Monday, April 20, 2009 at his home. He was born in Indianapolis on November 13, 1915 the son of Valentine and Louise Hey. He was married to Ruth Suter on March 4, 1951 and she survives. Other survivors include his children Jerry Hey of Titusville, Florida, Brian (Rachel) Hey of Carriere, Mississippi, Sandra (Kenneth) Stiles of Green of Indianapolis, Verne Giltner of Indianapolis, and Myra (Ron) Wamsley of Greenfield;  6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother Maurice (Lucille) Hey of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Lorraine and Harriett, and his brothers Woodrow, Charles, and Robert. Mr. Hey had worked as a machinist for Allison in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24th at 12pm at the Shelby Christian Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 11am Friday until time of services at the church. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Michal Ann Stout, 62, of Osgood, formerly of Versailles passed away Monday, April 20, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born at Milan on April 17, 1947 the daughter of Clyde and Ruth Bocock Gutman. She was married to Gerald Stout on July 8, 1990 and he preceded her in death on February 11, 2006. Survivors include one son Christopher (Connie) Mitchell of Bright; three daughters Melissa Mitchell Brown of Lawrenceburg, Kim Roark of Versailles, and Ronetta Roark of Osgood; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Tony (Mary) Gutman and David (Rosemary) Gutman both of Versailles, Rudy Gutman of Ohio, and Bob (Ida) Gutman of New York. Mrs. Stout was a former accountant at the University of Cincinnati and was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 23rd at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro. Visitation will be Thursday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.

 

Juanita Rector, 85, of Lafayette passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at her home. She was born in Indianapolis on May 7, 1923 the daughter of John and Esta Stevenson Walker. She was married to Earl Rector on June 7, 1942 and he preceded her in death on May 29, 1990. Survivors include one son Robert Rector and one daughter Jean Wichterman both of Lafayette; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Sherrill Williams, and her brothers Samuel, John Mark, and Lloyd Walker. Mrs. Rector was a former resident of New Castle and worked at the Dana Corporation in Hagerstown. After retiring in 1980 she moved to Versailles and lived here until 1990 when she moved to Lafayette. She was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lafayette. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimerís Association or the Dabney Baptist Church in care of the funeral home. There will be a memorial service for Juanita at 2pm Saturday at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lafayette.

 

Rachel M. Ward, 74, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at her home. She was born near Bedford, Kentucky on August 11, 1934 the daughter of William and Leona Wingham McCutchen. She was married to John Ward on April 10, 1955 and he preceded her in death on August 2, 1993. Survivors include two sons, David (Amy) Ward of Clermont and Kevin (Patty) Ward of Lititz, Pennsylvania; one daughter Denise (Dan) Corbin of North Vernon; grandchildren Daniel Corbin II, Dena Monday, and John Ward; great-grandchildren Jonathan and Taylor Monday; one brother Ira McCutcheon of Hanover. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Audrey Clements. Mrs. Ward was a 1952 graduate of Cross Plains High School and a graduate of the Miller Business College in Cincinnati. She was a former employee of the Longini Shoe Factory in Madison, Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison, and the Jefferson Proving Ground. She was a member of the Shelby Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with Ministers Randy Thieman and Dan Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Shelby Christian Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Jim Rohrig, 71, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at his home. He was born at Blue Ash, Ohio on September 6, 1937 the son of John T. and Alma Sizemore Rohrig. He was married to Pauline Reynolds on June 8, 1957 and she survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Vickie (Jack) McMillan and Kim (Kim) Hoffman both of Milan, Robin (Bud) Davis and Tammy (Mark) Hartman both of Versailles; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; one brother, George Rohrig of Osgood; three sisters, Posey (Robert) Lauber of Sunman, Skeeter (Fred) Manning of West Harrison, and Millie Edmondson of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers John T. Rohrig, Jr., Roy, and Curtis, and his sister Bertie Roy. Mr. Rohrig was 1956 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a self employed contractor and was also a farmer. He was a member of the Hope Baptist Church at Dillsboro. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 6pm at the Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Holt officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 3pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Hope Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Elmer Meier, 84, of Dewberry passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 at the Dillsboro Manor. He was born at Dewberry in Brown Township near Cross Plains on August 21, 1924 the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Klusman Meier. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Hilda Meier and Elfreida Smith. Mr. Meier was a lifelong member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry and was a long time employee of the Ripley County Farm Bureau where worked at the Cross Plains branch. He was a retired farmer and had spent his entire life in the Dewberry and Cross Plains communities. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 14th at 10:30am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Ralph Canpen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the funeral home.

 

Mildred Thornton, 87, of Versailles passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Hamilton, Ohio on October 24, 1921 the daughter of Clinton and Emma Gratiney Huffman. She was married to Noah Thornton on July 24, 1939 and he preceded her in death on June 3, 1989. Survivors include four sons, John (Ellen) Thornton of Versailles, Bill (Ann) Thornton of Kokomo, Richard (Mary Ellen) of Adel, Georgia, Jerry (Kathi) Thornton of Milan; two daughters, Sandra (Gary) Hale of Henderson, Colorado, and Janise (Charlie) Blitch of Tampa, Florida; 12 grandchildren Bo, James, Jeff, Andy, Samantha, Rick, Johnnie, and Nancy Thornton, Nathan Hale, Heather Schwagmeier, Tim Ryan, and Tina Ashe, and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Clyde and her sister Deana. Mrs. Thornton was a homemaker and a member of the North Vernon Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was a community leader in her church at Zephyr Hills, Florida and Deer Lodge, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 5th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Manny Ojeda and Pastor Gary Case officiating. Burial will be Monday at Collinsville, Ohio. Visitation will be Sunday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the activities fund at Ripley Crossing or the Ripley County Humane Society.

 

Harold (Dude) Comer, 93, of Holton passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born near Osgood on September 17, 1915 the son of John and Elizabeth Straber Comer. He was married to Evelyn D. Smith on June 1, 1946 and she preceded him in death on May 17, 2001. Survivors include three sons, Lynn (Charlotte) Comer of Holton, Kelvin (Cindy) Comer, and Steve (Linda) Comer both of Osgood; one daughter, Sandra (Nelson) Bowlus of Osgood; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one sister Winona Hubbard of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Kermit, John, and Kenneth Comer. Mr. Comer was 1933 graduate of Osgood High School and had farmed in the Osgood and Holton communities his entire life. He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church at Napoleon and also a member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau. He was also active at the Senior Center in Versailles. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 3rd at 11am at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Napoleon with Pastor Gary Groth officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences available at skfuneralhome.com.

 

Frances M. Lohrum, 74,of Versailles passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Dearborn County Hospital. She was born at Aurora on May 22, 1934 the daughter of Carl and Anna Brandon Hankins. She was married to John Lohrum on June 20, 1951 and he preceded her in death on February 20, 2008. Survivors include two sons, Ronnie (Linda) Lohrum and Johnnie (Helen) Lohrum both of Osgood; two daughters, Nina May (Ron) McGill of Montgomery and Rebecca Ann (Doug) Hisel of Lexington, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one brother Carl Hankins of Dillsboro and one sister Falba Bray of Alabama. She was preceded in death by her sisters Bertha Seavers, Clara Belle Stonebreaker, and Martha Huffer. Mrs. Lohrum was a homemaker and a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Versailles. She was a published author having written the book ďAnd Again We Were TwoĒ. She had also written poetry and gospel music and had been a member of the Family Tree Gospel Singers and had tried out to sing on the old Midwestern Hayride. She also operated Ceramics by Fran and had constructed doll houses and small barns with her husband. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 1st at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Carter Corbrey officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the food pantry of the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Susan Ballmer, 49, of Milan passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009 at her home. She was born in Covington, Kentucky on October 14, 1959 the daughter of Jack and Eunice Rhodes Alexander. She was married to Kevin Ballmer on December 10, 1983 and he survives. Other survivors include three sons, Josh (Kayla) Ballmer and Tyler (Brandy) Ballmer both of Holton, and Nathan Ballmer at home; three grandsons; two brothers, Jack (Patty) Alexander Jr. of Batavia, Ohio and Mike (Teresa) Alexander of Walton, Kentucky; her father-in-law Kermit Ballmer of Independence, Kentucky and her mother-in-law Pat Cubert of Milan. She was preceded in death by her parents.  Mrs. Ballmer was a 1977 graduate of Boone County High School. She was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crafts and scrapbooking. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Mark E. Ballmer officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Ruby Cutter, 89, of Friendship passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County on November 4, 1919 the daughter of James and Anna Fry Herring. She was married to Floyd Cutter on April 20, 1940 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1988. Other survivors include two daughters, Shirley (Jerry) Smith of Milan and Judy (Gary) Stutler of Friendship; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Garland, Roscoe, Howard, and Robert Herring, and her sisters Hattie Gabler and Amy Herring. Mrs. Cutter was a 1937 graduate of Vevay High School and was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting and gardening. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor James Culver, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. 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. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Ralph Radcliffe, 83, of Versailles passed away Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at Charlestown, West Virginia on December 2, 1925 the son of Forman and Hattie Wilfong Radcliffe. He was married to Anna Elliott Douglas on May 8, 2002 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Jeanne Cavalier of Virginia; three step-sons, Joe Douglas and Steve Douglas both of Cincinnati and Ronnie Douglas of China; two step-daughters, Diana Branam of Cincinnati and Kathy Hettesheimer of Lawrenceburg; 2 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-grandchildren, and three sisters. Mr. Radcliffe was a Navy veteran of WWII. He attended the Butlerville Mennonite Church and was retired from CCC Trucking in Cincinnati where he worked as a forklift operator. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 23rd at 10am at the Butlerville Mennonite Church with Pastor Dale Boyd officiating. Burial will be in the North Lawn Memory Garden at Westerville, Ohio. Visitation will be Monday at the church from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the churchís food pantry in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Willard S. Jackson , 85, of Versailles, passed away Saturday February 28, 2009 at Manderly Health Center in Osgood. He was born on November 14, 1923 in Versailles, Indiana and was the son of Marshall and Stella (Fox) Jackson. Willard was married to Vivian (Rendleman) Guthrie on April 20, 1946. After fifty-nine years of marriage she preceded him in death in April of 2005. Survivors include one daughter, Marcia (Randy) McKenney of Shelbyville, Indiana; two sons: Robert L. (Peggy) Guthrie of Arlington, Tennessee and Danny (Susan) Jackson of Versailles: 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; Three brothers: Kenneth, Hubert (Eva), and Marion (Joleh) Jackson. Willard was preceded in death by his dear daughter Pamela and three sisters: Ruth Carter, Neva Rea, and Margaret Probst. Willard Jackson was a lifelong Ripley County citizen and his Versailles area ancestry dates to the early 1800's. He was a 1941 graduate of Versailles High School and a WWII Veteran. In February of 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was shipped to the Naval Training Station Great Lakes, Illinois for Ďbootí camp. During his tenure in the United States Navy he served on the USS California, was a student at Wabash College under the accelerated Navy V-12 program to develop commissioned officers, was stationed in Philadelphia, Norfolk, Bremerton, and in the Philippine Islands during the islandís liberation from the Japanese. Willard was awarded: The Victory Medal, American Area Medal, Philippines Liberation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on May 9, 1946. Willard was a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church for over 70 years and served in various capacities including that of church deacon. He was a farmer, construction home builder with Williams Home Building of Madison, and department of natural resources employee. A grave-side memorial service will be held at the Tanglewood Church Cemetery on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 5:00PM - the sixty-third anniversary of Vivian and Willardís wedding day.

 

Karen Kay Barrett, 62, of Butlerville passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was born at Noblesville on June 10, 1946 the daughter of Duard and Gertrude Roberts Litton. She was married to Delano Barrett on May 8, 1968 and he preceded her in death on September 17, 2001. Survivors include three sons, Rodney (Sharon) Hubbard and Rick (Marcia) Hubbard both of North Vernon, and Tom (Summer) Barrett of Hope; two daughters Sonja (Gary) Bryant of Columbus and Shellee Mandabach and her companion Tracy Price of Morgantown; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson; three brothers, Gayle Litton of Martinsville, Jack Mote of Versailles, and Butch Allee of Nebraska; 10 sisters, Pat Clark of Ohio, Betty Wright of Indianapolis, Ruth Large and Roberta Meeker both of North Vernon, Juanita Hoyt of Columbus, Cindy Vanosdol and Alice Beach both of Holton, Bessie Mullins of Bloomington, Susie McDougal of Martinsville, and Martha Osborne of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Duard, and her sisters Drucilla Garries, Ilona Hendricks, and Dorothy Litton. Mrs. Barrett was a member of the Holton United Methodist Church. She was 33 year employee of Regal Rugs in North Vernon and a Child Advocate for the Jennings County Courts. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28th at 10:30am at the Holton United Methodist Church with Dennis Hadler officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to Hospice or the Holton United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Dortha A. Warfield, 90,of Cincinnati passed away Monday, February 23, 2009 at the Twin Towers Community in Cincinnati. She was born at Correct on August 3, 1918 the daughter of Julius and Josie Bovard Warfield. Survivors include her sister-in-law Lucille Warfield of Correct; two nephews, Robert (Marge) Underwood and Tom (Lois) Warfield both of Correct; two nieces, Norma Lee (William) Hill of Versailles and Rebecca (Charles) Rogers of Carmel; also several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Carl Warfield, and her sister Beulah Underwood. Miss Warfield was a 1936 graduate of Versailles High School. She worked as a comptometer for 41 years at the William Powell Valve Company on Spring Grove Avenue in Cincinnati. She was a member of the Walnut Hills Avondale Methodist Church and the Rosey Reds, a ladies group of Cincinnati Reds fans. She was also a supporter of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 26th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Ann Luzader officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Gertrude Thurman, 90, of Cincinnati passed away Friday, February 20, 2009 at the Mount Washington Care Center in Cincinnati. She was born at Irvin in Lee County, Kentucky on October 2, 1918 the daughter of Matt and Nettie Smith Hamilton. She was married to Chester Thurman on June 10, 1972 and he preceded her in death on July 21, 1996. Survivors include three brothers, Bill, Glen, and Kenneth Hamilton all of Lexington, Kentucky; one sister Martha Freeman also of Lexington, along with many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Thurman was a member of the Forestville Baptist Church in Cincinnati. She was a former hostess for Hudsonís Department Store. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 24th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10a until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Virginia (Jinnie) L. Phillippe, 78, of Versailles passed away Thursday, February 19, 2009 at the Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Liberty in Casey County, Kentucky on March 29, 1930 the daughter of Ebert and Stella Garner Durham. She was married to Jesse Phillippe on April 15, 1949 and he preceded her in death on August 16, 2007. Survivors include one son Jay (Leanna) Phillippe of Versailles; one daughter Rita (George) Speigelhalder of Crothersville; grandchildren Megan (Michael) Hastings of Indianapolis, Jessica (Sean) Holtzclaw of El Paso, Texas, and A.J. Phillippe of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Paris, Paul, Dallon, and Corbert Durham. Mrs. Phillippe was a homemaker and had driven a school bus for the South Ripley Schools for 16 years. She was also a member of the Shelby Christian Church and the Milan Rebekah Lodge. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 23rd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Larry Joe DeWitt of the First Christian Church of Scottsburg officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Gregory A. Baugh, 37, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at St. Vincentís Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born at Greensburg on February 2, 1972 the son of Steven and Lynn Hoban Baugh. Survivors include his parents of Versailles; one brother David (Lisa) Baugh of Versailles; niece and nephew Danielle and Jacob Baugh; his paternal grandmother Emma Baugh of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Keith Baugh and his maternal grandparents Lavelle and Jean Hoban. Gregory was a resident of Bluebird Estates in North Vernon. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 21st at 4pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Robb Barlow of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at Shelbyville officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 1pm until time of services. Burial will follow at a later date in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Special Olympics in care of the funeral home.

 

Daniel LaGreca, 52, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Passaic, New Jersey on November 27, 1956 the son of Frank and Beatrice Edwards LaGreca. He is survived by his father and step-mother Frank and Eileen LaGreca of Dillsboro; one sister Jean LaGreca of St. Petersburg, Florida; three brothers David (Amy) LaGreca of Cincinnati, Steve (Susan) LaGreca  and Mark (Peg) LaGreca all of Dillsboro. He was preceded in death by his mother and his sister Michelle Martin. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Grace M. Landes, 94, of Osgood passed away Sunday, February 8, 2009 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Otter Village in Center Township on May 10, 1914 the daughter of John and Maud Huntington Stork. She was married to Roy Landes on April 15, 1934 and he preceded her in death on April 8, 1950. Survivors include one daughter Patricia (Pat) Thomas of Osgood; two grandchildren Roy (Jan) Thomas and Karen (Tim) Wilburn both of Osgood; great-grandchildren Niki Wilburn, Paige and Riley Thomas; one great-great grandson Brady Alcorn; two sisters Ruby (Raymond) Reibel  and Virginia Miller both of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law William Thomas, her brother John Stork, and her sisters Mildred Stork, Elizabeth Stork, and Mary Smith. Mrs. Landes was a 1932 graduate of Osgood High School and a member of the Osgood United Methodist Church. She had been employed with Diemís Osgood Frozen Foods and also with Riceís Grocery in Osgood. She retired in 1983 to provide care for her great grandchildren which she did until 2008. Mrs. Landes had worked on the election board in Center Township for 13 presidential elections, her last being in 2004. She was also a faithful supporter of Jac-Cen-Del basketball and attended games until the last few years. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Greendale Cemetery.

 

Rebecca J. (Becky) White, 46, of Versailles passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009 at St. Vincentís Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born at Madison on February 1, 1963 the daughter of Bill and Jeanie Friszell Moore. Survivors include one son Andy (Brittany) Hartley of Vincennes; grandson Carson Hartley; her father Bill Moore of Holton; 2 brothers Billey (Janelle) Moore of Versailles and Daniel Moore of Butlerville; 9 sisters, Laura (Ron) Prosser, Mary Sizemore, and Kim (James) Hoover all of Versailles, Francis McRoberts, Sharon Roark, and Crystal (David) Gresham all of North Vernon, Jennifer (Dave) Pennycuff  and Cherry (Wayne) Pyatt both of Butlerville, and Sherry (Bob) Best of Columbus. She was preceded in death by her mother and her brother Frank. Ms. White was a 1981 graduate of South Ripley High School and a 1993 graduate of Ivy Tech. She had been employed with LMS Contracting in Madison and was currently employed as a bookkeeper for Dave OíMara in North Vernon. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 9th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Erma Eaglin, 81, of Elrod passed away Thursday, January 29, 2009 at her home. She was born near Milan on November 16, 1927 the daughter of Ernest and Marie Rupp Raffignone. She was married to Ivan Eaglin on July 16, 1949 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Terry (Rita) Eaglin of Versailles and John (Debbie) Eaglin of Elrod; four grandchildren, Craig (Stacey) Eaglin of Friendship, Corey (Krista) Eaglin of Elrod, Mark (Stephanine) Percifield of Pinellas Park, Florida, and Mindy (Brian) Bernahrdt of Clearwater, Florida; six great-grandchildren; two brothers Lovell Lee Raffignone of Elrod and Lowell Raffignone of Dillsboro. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Eaglin was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a 75 year member of the Washington Baptist Church and served on the Washington Cemetery board for several years. She had also been the bookkeeper for Elrod Grain. Funeral services will be Monday, February 2^nd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

   Funeral services are set for Abe Schneider, 100, of Osgood, who passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009, at the Hospice of South Central Indiana, Columbus. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 28 from 4-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles, with Masonic services at 8 p.m.     The funeral will be held Thursday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Rev. Don Buck of the First Baptist Church of Osgood, officiating. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery.     Mr. Schneider was born in Novograd Volinsk, Russia on April 15, 1908, the son of Ben and Ida Raphael Schneider. He was married to Myrtle Stout on June 15, 1935, and she preceded him in death on November 5, 2003.     Survivors include a son, Ralph and wife Pat Schneider of Osgood; two daughters, Marcia Whisman of Columbus and Kathie Johnson of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sherrill Cheda, his parents, son-in-law John Whisman, and his brothers Simon and Ralph Schneider.     Migrating from Russia where his father was mistreated because he was Jewish, Schneider said America was a great country where he pursued the dream. The Osgood businessman lived in war-torn Novogrod Volinsk, Russia, until he was 13-years-old.     Although Mr. Schneider had little formal education, he became a successful businessman. According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, he wasn't given the opportunity of going to school in Russia. He said all he knew was war during that time. The teenager was put in the first grade at Osgood where he learned quickly, crediting the patience of his teacher, Mrs. Kathleen Schroder, and the friendship of his classmates, for his success.      Mr. Schneider told reporters from the Ripley Publishing Co. he had lived the American dream by working hard. He started in the junk business at the age of 20, which was a side interest to his harness shop he also owned. He owned and operated a shoe repair store in Osgood for about 20 years. The junk business survived and is now Schneider's Scrap Metal, operated by his son, Ralph and perhaps the oldest continuous business in Osgood.     Living to be nearly 101, Schneider enjoyed good health right up until about a month before his death, according to his son, Ralph. When asked what he enjoyed at his 99th birthday celebration, he told the Osgood Journal, "As long as you can get around, you enjoy it."     Mr. Schneider was a member of the Osgood United Methodist Church, a 77-year member of the Osgood Masonic Lodge, and the Ripley County Gideon Camp.     Memorials may be made to the Gideons, Osgood United Methodist Church, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or the Sherrill Cheda Scholarship of York University. All donations may be made through the funeral home.

 

Genieve I. (Jenny) Young, 78, of Napoleon passed away Friday, January 23, 2008 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born near Dillsboro on September 27, 1930 the daughter of Harley and Louella Heath Utter. She was married to Syalvester (Wes) Young on March 31, 1951 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Roger (Deanna) Young of Napoleon; two daughters Cindy Toops and Pam Young both of Napoleon; 3 granddaughters, Kimberly (Travis) Sullivan, Kiersten and Morgan Young; one great-grandson Kaleb Sullivan; five brothers, Norman (Phyllis) Utter and Steve (Kathy) Utter both of Dillsboro, Jim (Phyllis) Utter of Versailles, John (Marie) Utter of Tennessee, and Jerry (Cloveta) Utter of Kentucky; two sisters Sharline Field and Mary (Charles) Decker both of Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Donald, her son-in-law David Toops, her brother Harley Wayne Utter, and her sister Nellie Hehe. Mrs. Young was a 1948 graduate of Dillsboro High School. She was a former sales clerk for the JC Murphy Company in Greensburg and had worked as a cook at the Napoleon and Jac-Cen-Del Schools. Funeral services will be Monday, January 26th at 11am at the Napoleon United Methodist Church with Pastor LaJo Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 8pm 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 Jac-Cen-Del Relay for Life or the Napoleon United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Francis W. Druschel, 86, of Holton passed away Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania on November 9, 1922 the son of Henry and Elizabeth Druschel. He was married to Janette Sizemore on January 14, 1950 and she preceded him in death on July 24, 2004. Survivors include one son Ronald Druschel of Versailles; three daughters, Roseann Becktell of Versailles, Patricia (Charles) Stidam of North Vernon, and Linda (Tom) White of Osgood; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Frank, daughter Diane, and his brothers Frank, Bill, and Floyd Druschel. Mr. Druschel was a 1939 graduate of Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois and was a Navy veteran of WWII. He entered the service at age 17 and served as a gunners mate on a carrier bomber in the South Pacific. He and his brothers were all in the military at the same time during WWII.  He survived 2 sea crashes and 2 crashes on land, one behind enemy lines. Mr. Druschel served a total of 11 years in the Navy and trained as a Navy Seal. He worked for 16 years as a maintenance foreman at Muscatatuck. He also enjoyed art and had painted the covered bridge mural on the shelter house in the Holton Park as well as the entrance signs at Holton. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 22nd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Shivers of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home

 

Eva Champe, 67, of Rexville passed away Thursday, January 8, 2009 at her home. She was born at Cross Plains on February 24, 1941 the daughter of Melvin and Maxine Woods Pettit. Survivors include one son Robert (Janet) Vanosdol, and one daughter Vicky (Rick) Pollard both of Versailles; grandchildren Chris Pollard and Erica Pollard; one sister Dorothy Wissell of Rexville; two brothers David Pettit of Versailles and Melvin Pettit of Cleves, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Angela, and her brother Jim Pettit. Mrs. Champe was a 30 year employee with Pollardís Bowl in Versailles. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 13th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman of the Shelby Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Hertha M. Jones, 83, of Osgood, formerly of Holton, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the home of her daughter near Elrod. She was born in the Flat Rock community near Osgood on August 23, 1925 the daughter of Lester and Daisy Hull Tucker. She was married to Cletus Jones on December 8, 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 31, 2003. Survivors include three sons, Stephen (Joan) Jones of Cincinnati, David Jones of Cincinnati, and Dan (Patty) Jones of Hope; four daughters, Jenny Sample of Columbus, Tina Buchanan of Versailles, Cynthia (Lou) Pike of Elrod, and Daisy Jones of Holton; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother Ray (Marian) Tucker of Holton; two sisters Bonnie (Ed) Smith of Salem, Illinois and Joan (Norris) Krall of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Beulah Adams, and her brother Lee Tucker. Mrs. Jones was a 1943 graduate of Holton High School and was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood. She was a homemaker and had cared for many handicapped children in her home over the years. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 10th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Fr. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood. Memorials may be given to the cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Delfert M. Cox, 83, of Holton passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at his home. He was born in the Hopewell community near Holton on January 2, 1926 the son of Willard and Lucy Cumberworth Cox. He was married to Helen Dotson on December 9, 1947 and she preceded him in death on June 10, 1988. Survivors include his companion Rita Sizemore; one son Ronnie Cox of Holton; two daughters Carolyn Sue (Kenny) Keyes of Holton and Peggy (Jack) Ryan of Bloomington; four grandchildren Andy (Carrie) Keyes and Tracy Keyes both of Holton, Jim Keyes of Butlerville, and Baron Ryan of Bloomington; three great-grandchildren; one brother Delmar Cox of Holton. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his sister Gnelle Harrell, and his brother Dale Cox. Mr. Cox was a 1944 graduate of Holton High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with the 263rd Infantry. He was in engagements in Northern France and received the EAME Theatre Ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, and the WWII Army Occupation of Germany Medal. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and the VFW. Mr. Cox was also a farmer and along with his son managed Cox Livestock near Osgood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10th at 10:30am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Cemetery or the Hospice of Jennings County in care of the funeral home.

 

 Clovis A. Lemen, 94, of Canaan passed away Sunday, January 4, 2009 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born near Benham on November 2, 1914 the son of Avery and Nellie Thornton Lemen. He is survived by his nieces Deanna Wooley of Madison, Margaret Wilson of Batesville, Wanda Schwendenmann of  Cincinnati, and Gloria Bradshaw of Indianapolis; nephews Russell Thornton of Lawrenceburg and Don Furlow of Seymour. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edward Lemen and Preston Lemen, sisters Norma Stiverson, Flo Voris, Opal Furlow, and Hope Burress, nephews RC Voris and Dennis Lemen, and his niece Pauline Burress Crockett. Mr. Lemen was a veteran of WWII where he served in the 135th Medical Group, rising to the rank of sergeant. He was in engagements in the Southern Philippines, Luzon, East Indies, Papuan, New Guinea, and Bismarck Archipelago. He received the American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with six bronze stars. In 1946 he began employment with Fischer Body at Norwood, Ohio where worked until retirement in 1977. He was also a former resident of Cincinnati. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 8th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Thursday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

        

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