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Lois Bryant, 97, of Benham passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Vitas Hospice and Rehab Center in Winter Park, Florida. She was born at Benham on September 22, 1913 the daughter of David and Ida Fuehrer Risk. She was married to Linville Bryant on March 17, 1935 and he preceded her in death on December 19, 1985. Survivors include one daughter Carolyn Bryant of Orlando, Florida; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; one brother Glenn (Helen) Risk of Versailles; one sister Violet Ellis of Hanover. She was also preceded in death by her daughters Mary Catherine Prescott, Myrna Rose Bryant, and Linda Rose Bryant, her brother Robert Risk, and her grandson Glenn Prescott. Mrs. Bryant was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church and the WSCS. She had worked as a nanny in Cincinnati, worked at the White Pine Restaurant in Versailles and was also a homemaker. She also served as an assistant for Farm Bureau at the Indiana State Fair and was the leader of the Benham Thrifty 4H Club from 1949 to 1966.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 29th at 11am at the Benham United Methodist Church with Rev. Howard Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm 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 church or cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Jean Fugate, 74, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Dearborn County Hospital. She was born at Brooksburg on February 20, 1936 the daughter of Glenford and Jeanette Clemens Nisonger Imel . She was married to Herbert Fugate on March 20, 1964 and he preceded her in death on September 5, 2003. Survivors include two sons Thomas (Betty) Stroud of Fulton and Steven Stroud and friend Regina Caldwell of Osgood; two daughters Deborah Stroud of Osgood and Brenda (William) Messer of Osgood; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren;  three sisters Phyllis (Jim) Stratham of El Paso, Texas, Linda (Wendell) Perry and Carol (Donald) Himes both of Hommossa, Florida; one brother Ernie (Paulette) Yocum of Youngstown, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Janice Mack, and her brother Carrol Imel. Mrs. Fugate was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and along with her husband had operated VJ Trucking. She and her son Steven had also operated S & J Tropical Variety Store in Pierceville. She dedicated her life to helping others including running non for profit bingos for charity including Rescue 69 and CB Helping Hands in Milan of which she was a member. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in care of the funeral home.

 

Verna Mae Schwagmeier, 76, of Benham passed away Monday, December 13, 2010 at the home of her daughter near Versailles. She was born near Cross Plains on August 22, 1934 the daughter of Roy and Naomi Bliton Poling. She was married to Robert Schwagmeier on August 27, 1951 and he preceded her in death on December 15, 1999. Survivors include two sons Robert Schwagmeier, Jr. and Bill (Tammy) Schwagmeier both of Versailles; three daughters Barbara (Bob) Smith of Osgood, Brenda Sanders and her companion John Cornett of Versailles, and Becky (Rodney) Stratton of Holton; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; five brothers Bill (Kitty) Poling of Madison, Max (Joyce) Poling and Jim (Carol) Poling both of Canaan, Joe Poling of Florida, and Doug Poling of Jeffersonville; one sister Kay Smith of Bennington; sister-in-law Carolyn Poling of Butlerville; brother-in-law Jack Baugh of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Jean Harlow and Audrey Baugh; her brother Richard Poling, and an infant sister and brother, and two infant grandsons. Mrs. Schwagmeier retired as supervisor of housekeeping at Muscatatuck. She had also worked for the Buchanans and Werners in their store at Benham and sold Tupperware. Verna Mae was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church and the Benham Blue Bells Home Ec Club. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 17th at 11am at the Benham United Methodist Church with Pastor Gary Case officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm 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 Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.  

 

James (Leon) Holman, 68, of Versailles passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010 at his home. He was born at Springfield, Kentucky on October 6, 1942 the son of Nelson and Katherine Bunch Holman. He was married to Theresa Craig on September 21, 1985 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Dewey Holman of Madison and Jim (Paula) Holman of Holton; two daughters Kathy (Jeff) Burton of North Vernon and Becky (Kevin) Lee of  New Marion; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one sister Bonnie (Dale) Benham of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents. Leon was a former employee of Cordís Stone Quarry, North Vernon Forge, and R. L. Byard and Sons Concrete Finishing. He had spent the last several years as a self-employed concrete finisher. Mr. Holman was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 15th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery or the Dearborn County Hospice.

 

Elwanda K. Hollingsworth, 59, of Milan passed away Monday, December 6, 2010 at her home. She was born at Milan on March 17, 1951 the daughter of Virgil and Beatrice Thomas Hollingsworth. Survivors include her daughter Jessica Hollingsworth and her husband Wesley Moyer of New Port Richey, Florida; grandson Warren Moyer; two sisters Dephane (Alec) Smith of Milan and Loraine Furlow of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Hollingsworth and her sister Betty Meinders. Elwanda was a 1969 graduate of Milan High School and was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Stumpkeís Corner. She was a former employee of the Milan Furniture Factory, Romweber Furniture and the Union Furniture Company in Batesville. She retired from Seagrams as a line inspector. She was also a member of the Milan American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 9th at 5pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Ron Haseley officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2pm until time of services with the Milan American Legion Auxiliary conducting services at 4:45pm. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Milan American Legion Auxiliary in care of the funeral home.

 

Renamae Struckman, 63, of Milan passed away Monday, December 6, 2010 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Amory, Wisconsin on January 22, 1947 the daughter of Howard and Loretta Weston Johnson. Survivors include four sons Richard (Amanda) Struckman of Milan, John (Lydia) and Mike Struckman both of Osgood, and David (Jessica) Struckman of Versailles; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one sister Bonnie Maypark of Dresser, Wisconsin. Renamae was a homemaker. Funeral services will be Friday, December 10th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Harris Long of the First Baptist Church in Milan officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Mary-Ann Mitchell Sainsbury, 51, of Peachtree City, GA entered into eternal life with God and Jesus on November 19, 2010. She was born in Greensburg, raised in Versailles, IN, graduated South Ripley High School in 1977 and was a member of the DAR. She pursued a bachelorís degree in Nutrition at PurdueUniversity where she was involved in student affairs, was a member of the Beta Sigma Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma Fraternity and was captain of the majorettes. She followed a career in Nutritional Sales Management. She married John Sainsbury in í92 and was blessed with twins, Allie and Hunter, in 1996. She was a member of the Peachtree City United Methodist Church where she was very active with Prayer Groups, Prayer Shawl ministry, Sunday School, Bible Studies and Mission Outreach Projects, particularly with The Bishop Judith Craig Childrenís Home in Liberia. Mary-Ann tirelessly volunteered in a multitude of community, school and scouting programs and was especially talented for inspiring participation and achievement. Mrs. Sainsbury was preceded in death by her father, James H. Mitchell. She is survived by her devoted husband, John and her loving children, Hunter and Allie of Peachtree City. She is also survived by her mother, Louise Mitchell of Versailles, IN and her sister, Susan Mitchell of Binghamton, NY. Family will receive friends Saturday, November 27th at 10:00am with a celebration of her life following at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. James Byerly of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Relay for Life or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Glenn H. Perry, 72, of Baltimore, Ohio, formerly of Reynoldsburg, Ohio passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Newark Health Care Center in Newark, Ohio. He was born in Cincinnati on August 19,1938 the son of Coy and Norma Hyatt Perry. Survivors include one son Justin (Jody) Perry of Grove City, Ohio; one daughter Stefanie Hatfield of Baltimore, Ohio; 6 grandchildren; two brothers Dwight Perry of Kentucky and Richard Fessler of Cincinnati; three sisters Dianna Hale of Alabama, Patty Siegman of Texas, and Sharon Drake . He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ron Perry. Mr. Perry was a pharmaceutical sales rep for Abbott Labs and was also a former employee of Redís Tree Farm in New Albany, Ohio. He was an Air Force veteran where he served from 1954 to 1958. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 24th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with burial in the Benham Cemetery.

 

Anna Marie McMullen, 5 week old infant, of Milan passed away Friday, November 12, 2010 at Childrenís Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati on October 5, 2010 the daughter of Robert McMullen of Milan and Jennifer Crowell McMullen of Milan. Survivors include her parents, one sister; Cheyenne of Milan, Paternal Grandparents; Bob and Pam McMullen of Aurora, Cassie Metcalf of Sunman, Maternal Grandparents; William and Judy Crowell of Plainfield, John and Mary Wilson of Martinsville, Paternal Great Grandparents; Charles and Jo Metcalf of Sunman, Willie and Cosetta Davidson of Manchester, Kentucky, Bob McMullen of Aurora, Maternal Great Grandparents; Clarence Gunter of Napoleon, Maternal Aunt and Uncle Lori and Matt Heald of Terre Haute, Paternal Uncle; Brian McMullen of Aurora. She was preceded in death by her brother Josiah in December of 2008. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11am at the Cave Hill Church of God in Versailles with Brother Pearl Cornett and Brother Doug Norman officiating. Burial will be in the Hogan Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Visitation will be Thursday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cave Hill Christian Academy or the donorís choice.

 

Walter H. Schwanholt, 91, of Cross Plains passed away Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Ross Manor in Dillsboro. He was born near Cross Plains on November 16, 1918 the son of John and Alma Steingruber Schwanholt. He was married to Irene Neahousmeyer on September 1, 1945 and she preceded him in death on January 24, 2003. Survivors include two daughters Carolyn (Danny) Wehmeyer of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Mary Kathryn (C. B. ďBingĒ) Dickerson of Florence; grandchildren Heather (Brian) Schott of McDonough, Georgia and Joe Wehmeyer of Culver City, California; 2 great-grandchildren Savannah and Hayden Schott; one brother Victor Schwanholt of Versailles; one sister Meta Thieman of Cross Plains. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward Schwanholt. Mr. Schwanholt spent his entire life in the Cross Plains and Dewberry communities. He attended the Dewberry School and was a life member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry where he was confirmed on May 21, 1933. He was a farmer, and been employed with Halcombs, Grote Manufacturing, and was employed with the Indiana Highway Department in the Seymour and Aurora districts. Mr. Schwanholt was also a licensed TV and radio repairman and had run a shop in Vevay and also from his home for several years. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Ralph Campen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4pm to 7pm 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 Lutheran Hour or St. Paulís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Clinton T. Day, 57, of Versailles passed away Monday, November 08, 2010 at his home. He was born at Milan on April 16, 1953 the son of Harlan and Effie Jones Day. Survivors include his twin brother Clayton of Versailles, and his brother Norman (Brenda) Day of Osgood; one sister Becky (Jerry) Hunteman of North Vernon; his uncles Dale (LaVerne), Joe (Peggy), and Tom (Lorine) Day all of Versailles; his aunts Pruda Setser of Versailles, Lillie Hisle of Greenfield, and Pauline (Irvin) Hart of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Denver, Wendell, and Dexter Day. Mr. Day was a 1973 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a 32 year employee of Ohio Rod in Versailles and had been a former employee of the Versailles IGA. He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Osgood. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

 Charles Michael Strimple, 61, of Columbus passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born at Milan on April 23, 1949 the son of Norman and Fern Demaree Strimple. Survivors include his mother Fern Strimple of Columbus; his sister Bobbie Fellerman also of Columbus; his brother Wix Strimple of Braden, Florida, and three nephews. Mr. Strimple was a 1967 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and was a former employee of Jay C Food Stores in Edinburgh. He was also a veteran of the Navy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 10th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Zedra Samples, 96, of Rexville passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Manchester, Kentucky on April 1, 1914 the daughter of Samuel and Haley Webb. She was married to Wendell Samples and he preceded her in death on September 20, 1990. Survivors include one daughter Mary Tewmey of Versailles; three sons Tullas (Judy) Samples of Perryville, Missouri, Jim (Joyce) Samples of Versailles, and Bert (Sonja) Samples of Rexville; daughter-in-law Elosie Samples of Versailles; 19 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sons Frank, Glenn, and Sam, and her brothers Earl, Lee Robert, and Craft Webb. Mrs. Samples was a homemaker and also had worked as a nurses aide at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison, at Cragmont, and at the Manderley Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 11th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Shannon Schmaltz and Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation will be Thursday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Activities Fund of the Manderley Health Care Center or to the donors choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Lawrence Ralston, 93, of Benham passed away Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Waters of Salem in Salem, Indiana.  He was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County September 22, 1917 the son of Clarence and Jessie Carnine Ralston. He was married to Mallie Lakeman on February 24, 1940 and she preceded him in death on December 7, 2003. Survivors include two sons Jim (Linda) Ralston of Salem and Doug (Lisa) Ralston of Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren Ryan Ralston of Lexington, Molly (Jared) Hammack of Avon, and Jenna Ralston of Chicago; two great-grandchildren; two brothers Dillman (Evelyn) Ralston of Clearwater, Florida and Earl (Shirley) Ralston of Tahola, Washington; two sisters Ruth Stegemiller of Southport and Mary Geyman of Madison; two sisters-in-law Patsy Ralston of Benham and Janice Furnish of East Enterprise. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bruce Ralston. Mr. Ralston was a 1935 graduate of Vevay High School, a 1939 graduate of Purdue University, and received his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. He was an Army veteran of WWII serving as a Captain in the 89th division during the Invasion of France. Mr. Ralston had been an agriculture teacher in the Milroy, Milan, and Cross Plains school systems, retiring in 1978. He had also served for five years as a director on the Indiana State Fair Board, had served on the Milan Town Board, served several terms on the Ripley County Council, and also on the Ripley County Planning Commission.  Mr. Ralston was a member of the St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Olean, was the oldest member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Salem Lions Club, and the Brown Township American Legion. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 10th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor James Culver officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside 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. The Versailles Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 8pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to St. Paulís Lutheran Church or the Washington County Community Foundation in care of the funeral home.  

 

Donald J. Turner, 72, of Versailles passed away Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born near New Marion on March 11, 1938 the son of Ova and Flora Sebastian Turner. He was married to India Castner on May 5, 1967 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Joe (Holly) Turner of Osgood; two daughters Nancy (Christopher) Solomon of Tybe Island, Georgia, and Kim (Tom) Sparks of Dillsboro; grandchildren Jack and Jesse Turner; one brother James E. Turner of Versailles; three sisters Freda (Carroll) Adkins and Janet (Gary) Meierle both of Versailles, and Joyce (James) Jones of Burlington, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Turner and his sisters Iva Stenger and Audra Stenger. Mr. Turner was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a truck driver for 46 years, retiring from Ferrell Gas in 2000. He was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 8th at 11am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4pm to 7pm 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 South Central Hospice or the Tanglewood Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Marc Anthony Muniz, Jr., 2 week old infant died Sunday, October 31, 2010 at the Presbyterian Childrenís Hospital at Columbia University in Manhattan, New York. He was born at Presbyterian Hospital on October 17, 2010 the son of Marc Anthony, Sr. and Augusta Speer Muniz. Survivors include his parents of Wappinger Falls, New York; sister Alexis Muniz; paternal grandfather Raul Muniz of Arizona; paternal grandmother Edna Colon of New York;  paternal great-grandparents Rosa Duran of Puerto Rico and Pedro and Valentina Colon of Florida; maternal grandparents Casey and Christy Wall Speer of Camby; maternal great-grandmother Mable Wall of Versailles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 6th at 11:30am at the Versailles Church of Christ with Rev. Casey Speer officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the donors choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

George (Jack) Smith, 77, of Versailles passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born at Batesville on April 18, 1933 the son of Frank and Hazel Caplinger Smith. He was married to Ava Lostutter on September 3, 1955 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Lynn (Rod) Summers of Hebron, Kentucky;  2 grandchildren, Lydia and Lauren Summers; one sister Kay (Robert) Russell of Moores Hill; three brothers Dale (Claudia) Smith of Spring Hill, Florida, Richard (Joyce) Smith of Westport, and Alec (Dephane) Smith of Milan. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Jean Raeburn Smith Fricker, his sister Betty Stutler, and his brother Ron Smith. Mr. Smith was a 1951 graduate of Milan High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Corporal in the 740th Artillery Battalion and received the National Defense Service Medal. Jack was a 26 year employee of the Southeastern Indiana REMC where he retired as member service director in 1995. He received an outstanding service award for 22 years of service from the Electric Institute of Indiana/Indiana Statewide Service Member section in 1995. He had also been a part time employee with the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home since 2002. He was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was also a long time member of the Versailles Lions Club and was Pumpkin Show parade chairman for many years and was named a W. P. Woods Fellow.  He had also been a member of the Board of Directors of Tyson Manor and was a member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 29th at 11am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church Rev. Russell Stephens and Rev. Becky Pohle officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Baptist Church or the cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Marvin G. (Butch) Scott, 57, of Rexville passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Milan on June 18, 1953 the son of Robert and Helen Farrell Scott. He was married to Sharon Grenat on July 21, 1977 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Helen Scott of Rexville; one son Les Scott and his companion Heather Patrick of Holton; one daughter Carry Scott of Holton; grandchildren Benjamin Prather and Jillian Scott; one sister Barbara (Mike) Youngblood of Rexville; three brothers Keith (Joyce) Scott of New Marion, Dennis (Kim) Scott of Benham, and Mike Scott and his companion Lee of Rexville. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Scott was a member of the Shelby Christian Church and was employed with Greensburg Milling as a truck driver. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 23rd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Minister Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Hiram J. Baker, 88, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Manchester, Kentucky on November 5, 1921 the son of Kenus and Sarah Allen Baker. He was married to Naomi Thomas on November 8, 1952 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Ken (Kim) Baker of Aurora; two grandchildren Phillip Baker of Connersville and Emily (Corey) McDerment of Madison; two great-grandchildren; one sister Edith McIntosh of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers Clayton Baker of Bloomington and Ed Baker of Cincinnati. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David, and his sisters Sudie Reed, Rhoda Davis, and Thelma Dunn. Mr. Baker was an Army veteran of WWII where he was stationed with the 497th Medical Collecting Company. He served at Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, and in Central Europe. He was honorably discharged from the Army on December 2, 1945 and received the European Theatre Ribbon with five bronze stars, the American Theatre Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was a former employee of the Ripley County Farm Bureau, an agent for Prairie Farmer Insurance, and was a sales rep for Booher Sales Associates. Mr. Baker was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, the Osgood Masonic Lodge, and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be Friday at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrel officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 7:30pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

James G. Gross, 72, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at his home. He was born at Carrollton, Kentucky on July 22, 1938 the son of Oscar and Edna Wingham Gross. He was married to Patsy Hamilton on September 26, 1959 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Marty (Tammy) Gross of Versailles and Jonathan Gross of San Diego, California; one daughter Lori Beverly of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren; two brothers Winston (Kay) Gross of Madison and Joe Gross of Louisville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Tom. Mr. Gross was a 1956 a graduate of Central High School in Madison. He owned and operated Gross Oil Company in Versailles for 29 years. He had also been employed with the Pearl Packing Company in Madison and Butternut Bread in Versailles. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 21st at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Canull officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation will be Thursday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Foundation in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert E. Burton, 83, of Versailles passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010 at his home. He was born in the Hopewell community near Holton on September 1, 1927 the son of Elmer Percy and Alice Hart Burton. He was married to Loretta Wilson on August 7, 1949 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Ronald (Donna) Burton of Dover; granddaughter Michelle Bradley of Columbus, Ohio; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother Jerry (Odetta) Burton of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William, and his sister Geneva Doyle. Mr. Burton was retired from the US Navy where served from 1944 to 1968 taking part in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was also involved in the blockade of Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, and the Lebanon Crisis. His highest rank was that of Senior Chief Boilerman and he also worked in Civil Service for 25 years as a boilerman. Mr. Burton worked at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis and also at the Jefferson Proving Ground. He served on the USS Hammond Sport, Sarsfield, Kaskaskia, Chickaskia, Merrimack, Bowers, Glennon, and was on the USS Forrestal Wadliegh when they recovered astronaut Alan Shepherd  in the Pacific Ocean after his Apollo flight. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Osgood, the Osgood Masonic Lodge, Osgood American Legion, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Navy Fleet Reserve, and the Navy Memorial Association. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 20 at 11am at the First Baptist Church in Osgood with Rev. Don Buck officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles 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. The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services Tuesday at 8pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Emma F. Miller, 82, of Holton passed away Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born in Breathitt County, Kentucky on November 26, 1927 the daughter of Frank and Laura Watkins Moore. She was married to Harold Cunningham in 1966 and he preceded her in death on November 29, 1978. She was married to Dewey Miller on August 4, 1981 and he preceded her in death on December 15, 1992. Survivors include one son Chester Junior (Vickie) Patrick of Holton; three daughters Elaine (Sam) Beeman of North Vernon, Evelyn (Jim) Patton of Columbus, and Ena (Roy) Barrett of Holton; 9 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren; one sister Phyllis Sue Hardy of Seymour; three brothers Bill Moore of Holton, George (Deanna) Moore of North Vernon, and James Sewell (Nancy) Moore of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert, Elmer, Johnny, and Raymond Moore, and her sisters Sarah Ann Sharp, Bertha Moore, and Frances Hollon. Mrs. Miller was a former employee of the Manderley Nursing Home in Osgood and was of the Pentecostal faith. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 13th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Paul Hensley officiating. Burial will be in the Holton West Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Joy Peponis, 75, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Cincinnati on October 21, 1934 the daughter of Ralph and Beatrice Rice Smith. She was married to John Peponis on November 29, 1952 and he survives. Other survivors in clued one son John (Wanda) Peponis, Jr. of Cincinnati; two daughters Pamela (Dennis) Teschner and Linda (Greg) Lack both of Cincinnati; one brother Robert Smith and one sister Helen Ryan both of Amelia, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her son Steve. Mrs. Peponis was a homemaker. Graveside services will be Saturday, October 9th at 11am at the Cliff Hill Cemetery with Randy Thieman officiating. Visitation will be Saturday at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Carl ďBabyĒ Falch, 86, of Cross Plains passed away Thursday, September 30, 2010 at his home. He was born in Miamiville, Ohio on December 22, 1923 the son of Charles and Bessie Hageman Falch. He was married to Elsie Reed on October 30, 1954 and she preceded him in death. He was married to Lillian Bates on October 22, 1994 and she survives. Other survivors include children Karen Philip and Michael Magner both of Cross Plains, Carolyn Polly, Keith Magner, Teresa Kirby, Tammy Houston, Joyce Neal, and Frances Kay all of Cincinnati; 17 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Carl Jr., his brother Bill, and sisters Clara Mae, Rosie, and Ethel. Mr. Falch was an Army veteran of WWII where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in Ardennes and the Rhineland and during the Battle of the Bulge he was taken prisoner by Germany. Mr. Falch received the American Theatre Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was a retired barber having managed Mario and Carlís Barber Shop in Grosbeck, Ohio for 40 years. He was a member of the VFW in Cincinnati, OKI WWII Ex-POWís, a lifetime member of the DAV, and the Bear Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 4th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Dennison Cemetery in Cincinnati. Visitation will be Monday from 9am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the donors choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Cpl. John C. Bishop, 25, of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Cpl. Bishop was serving with the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines and was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was born at Batesville on October 17, 1984 the son of Eugene and Sarah Kenens Bishop and was married to Cristle Cade on December 15, 2009. Survivors include his wife Cpl. Cristle Bishop of Camp Lejune; one son K-Sean Bishop; his mother Sarah Thomas of Columbus; brothers William (Martha) Bishop of Moores Hill, Mike (Peggy) Bishop of Versailles, Anthony (Cathleen) Thomas, Eric (Missy) Thomas of Seymour, Jamey (Tammy) Bishop of Hurricane, West Virginia, and Tyson (Tara) Bishop of Indianapolis; sisters Nancy (Bruce) Braley of New Paris, Pennsylvania and Amy (Ryan) Parker of Osgood. Cpl. Bishop attended South Ripley High School as a junior and was a 2003 graduate of Southwestern Shelby High School. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 16th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Lay officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles with full military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3pm to 9pm at the Family Life Center of the Versailles Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to benefit Cpl. Bishop's children in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home at box 84 Versailles, IN 47042.

 

Marvin L. Myers, 74,of Deputy passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 at the Hanover Nursing Center. He was born at Anderson on November 1, 1935 the son of Stanley and Edna Mae Henderson Myers. He was married to Sue Carroll McClammer on September 17, 1955 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Reese (Mickey) Myers of Columbia City and Darren (Brenda) Myers of Scottsburg; two daughters Cheryl (Steve) Althoff of Cross Plains and Kelly (Ronnie) Hatcher of Wilkinson; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one sister Bonnie (Carl) Crull of Pendleton. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Marilyn. Mr. Myers was a 1954 graduate of Pendleton High School. He was a 35year employee of the Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis where he worked in quality control retiring in 1992. He was a member of UAW post 1111 and also enjoyed woodworking and gardening.  He will be particularly well-remembered for his remarkable sense of humor and his abiding love for Christ. His family would like to say thank you to everyone that visited him or prayed for him during his illness. The family would also like to say thank you to Dr. Totten and all the nurses and CNAs at Hanover Rehabilitation Center for all of your kindness and help during our time of preparing for the loss of our loved one. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 21st at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in St. Paulís Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to St. Paulís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert W. Burkett, 55, of Versailles passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born at Batesville on October 2, 1954 the son of Omer and Peggy Sharp Burkett. Survivors include three sons David Burkett and his fiancé Courtney Marley of Vincennes, Isaac Burkett of Versailles, and Israel Burkett and his fiancé Jessica Gress of Osgood; one grandson Alexander Burkett; one sister Patricia (Randy) Ent of Seymour; sister-in-law Shirley (Max) Mingee of Bloomington and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Captain William Burkett, and his sister Sherilyn Sue Bessler. Mr. Burkett was a 1973 graduate of Milan High School and was a former employee of Tru-Temper of North Vernon. He was a member of the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 15th at 10:30am at the Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery at Aurora. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am Wednesday until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the donors choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Clyde C. Allen, Jr., 74, of Versailles passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010 at his home. He was born at Lexington, Kentucky on September 3, 1936 the son of Clyde C. Allen, Sr. and Evelyn Rose Allen. He was married to Edna Stinson on August 17, 1957 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Kathy (Scott) Gratrix of Castle Rock, Colorado; three sons Robert (Sharon) Allen of Charlestown, Keith (Tammy) Allen of Madison, and Steve (Sharon) Allen of Georgetown; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one sister Annette (Buford) Cobb of Pee Wee Valley, Kentucky; two brothers John (Cheryl) Allen of Beaver Creek, Ohio and Jim (Sherry) Allen of Val Rico, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bruce Allen. Mr. Allen was a 1954 graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington and received his BS degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1958. He served as Ripley County Extension Agent for 30 years and was a member of the Indiana Extension Educators Association. He was also a charter member of the SIRDP and a charter member of the Ripley County Community Foundation. Mr. Allen was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, choir member, and moderator. He was also active in the Versailles Lions Club serving as a trustee to Camp Woodsmoke as well as many district offices. Mr. Allen was also a past Lion of the Year, a Sagamore of the Wabash, and a Kentucky Colonel. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 17th at 10am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrel and Rev. Mike Allen officiating. Graveside services will be Friday at 1:30pm at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky. Visitation will be Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home and from 9am until time of services Friday at the church. The Versailles Lions Club will hold a memorial service Thursday at 8pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Community Foundation, the Versailles Lions Club, or the Versailles Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Eugene Hewitt, 64, of Madison passed away Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the Veteranís Hospital in Louisville. He was born at Milan on March 24, 1946 the son of Wilford and Mabel Taul Hewitt. Survivors include his mother Mabel Hewitt of Versailles; one son Micah (Angela) Hewitt of Batesville; one daughter Sarah (Ryan) Tekulve of Batesville; five grandchildren; three brothers Howard Hewitt of Crawfordsville and Jerry (Tammy) Hewitt and Dennis (Janet) Hewitt both of Versailles. Mr. Hewitt was a 1964 graduate of Versailles High School and had served in the US Army. He was currently manager at the Key West Shrimp House in Madison and had also completed training to become an ordained minister. Mr. Hewitt was also a licensed cosmetologist and hair stylist having operated shops in Indianapolis, Versailles and Osgood. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 14th  at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Richard Burcham officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery at Madison. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion in care of the funeral home.

 

Wanda Smith, 54, of North Vernon passed away Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. She was born in Cincinnati on September 24, 1955 the daughter of John Sr. and Doris Edwards Humphries. She was married to Phillip Smith, Jr. on December 10, 1996 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Leah Smith of Cincinnati and one son Justin at home; one brother John Humphries, Jr. of Goshen, Ohio; five sisters Stacey Dabe, Jennifer Simmons, Deborah Harris, and Marlena Humphries all of Cincinnati and Iris St. Clair of Orlando, Florida; 5 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11am at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Visitation will be Wednesday at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, the Cancer Society, or the Mercy Rescue of Jennings County in care of the funeral home.

 

Dorothy Knigga, 94, of Versailles passed away Friday, September 3, 2010 at the Waters of Ross Manor at Dillsboro. She was born at Friendship on March 30, 1916 the daughter of Herbert and Lillian Rost Steingruber. She was married to Raymond Knigga on April 15, 1944 and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1993. Survivors include one daughter Rosella (Willard) Elliott of Versailles; four granddaughters Denise (Mark) Roosa of Bradenton, Florida, Cassandra (Darrin) Cutter of Dillsboro, Shannon (Scott) Peetz of Versailles, and Mendy (Kris) Cranfill of Versailles; 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Rev. Paul Steingruber, her niece Janice Steingruber, and her grandson John Ray Elliott. Mrs. Knigga was a former resident of Bear Branch in Switzerland County and was a member of St. Peterís Lutheran Church at Bear Branch. She was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 7th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Blazier and Pastor Pamela Thiede officiating. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Monday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Activities Fund at Ross Manor or St. Peterís Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Norma Jean (Jeanie) Huelson Evans, 68, of Seymour, formerly of Versailles passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010 at her home. She was born at Batesville on December 14, 1941 the daughter of Norman and Rebecca Belew Huelson. She was married to Ronald Evans on May 28, 1960 and he survives. Other survivors include three daughters Belinda (John) Lawburgh of Holton, Joanna (Mike) Sawalich of Shelbyville, Kentucky, and Angela (Mark) Sadler of Indianapolis; one son Eric Evans of Seymour; 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters Jayne (Wayne) Williams of Scottsburg and Judy (Chris) Hassfurder of Madison; step-mother Wanda Huelson of Versailles; three step-brothers Jeff (Jennifer) Fields of Hereford, Arizona, Todd (Tricia) Fields of Liberty, and Scott (Denise) Fields of New Marion; four step-sisters Jackie (Jerry) Flannery of Batesville, Robin (Bill) Cannarito and Marsha (Bruce) Spivey both of Napoleon, and Jodee (Bruce) Coy of Versailles; brother-in-law Jim (Arlene) Evans of Versailles, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nephews and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and her father and mother-in-law Ralph (Whit) and Mabel Evans. Jeanie was a 1960 graduate of Versailles High School and was a member of the Fellowship of Jackson County Clergy and the Brownstown Ministerial Association.  She was a wonderful devoted wife and mother who loved teaching her children about the beauty of the world around her. She also had obtained her personal pilot license and was very proud of that accomplishment. Most recently, she was Co-Pastor with her husband Ron at Seymour Family Worship Center. Her passion to spread the love of God was evident to all she came in contact with. She demonstrated her devotion in many ways; playing flute at church, involvement in community and church organizations, short term mission trips to Africa and Bolivia; but most recently in her everyday life, even to the very end of her battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 30th at 11am at the CI Family Worship Center at 2327 E County Road 250 S near Versailles. The services will be officiated by Apostle Leon Walters, and Pastors Mike Sawalich and Brad Napier. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Sunday from 4pm 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 Seymour Family Worship Center or the Schneck Medical Center Hospice in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert W. Kimball, 88, of Holton passed away Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Holton on December 16, 1921 the son of Fred and Rachel Black Kimball. He was married to Dorothy Hammon on February 3, 1946 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Barbara (Frank) Ferraro of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; four sons David (Pam) of Fort Wayne, Barry (Darlene) of Bethel, Ohio, Jerry of Michigan, and Robert S. (Sherlyn) of Greensburg; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margie Smith, and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Kimball was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with the Merchant Marines as a watertender on the USS Thomas H. Barry and the USS Ferdinand Westdahl. He was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church, the Holton Masonic Lodge, the Versailles-Osgood chapter of the Eastern Star, Versailles American Legion, and the Osgood Rebekah and Odd Fellows lodge. Mr. Kimball worked for Cummins for 31 years retiring in 1981. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 25th at 11am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Cole officiating. Burial will be in the Dabney Cemetery with military rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Masonic services by the Holton Masonic Lodge at 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Baptist Church or the Dabney Cemetery in care of the funeral home. 

 

Jackie Lee Kuntz, 74, of Butlerville passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. He was born near North Vernon on July 19, 1936 the son of Elmer and Irene Terrill Kuntz. Survivors include his brother James Kuntz of Butlerville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gerald. Mr. Kuntz was a 1954 graduate of North Vernon High School and was an Army veteran during the Vietnam era. He had worked in construction and was a member of the Christ Baptist Church in North Vernon. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 21st at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Charlie Bill McKinley officiating. Burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery near Butlerville. Visitation will be Sunday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Brush Creek Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Tanner Lee Tucker, 17, of Versailles passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010 near Milan as the result of a one vehicle accident. He was born at Columbus on January 13, 1993 the son of Trace and Denise Thompson Tucker. Survivors include his parents Trace and Denise Tucker of Versailles, his brothers Trent and Ty at home, and his sister Toria at home; grandparents Ray and Marian Tucker of Dabney and Gordon and Doris Lee Thompson of Knoxville, Illinois; aunts and uncles Diane Shea of Decatur, Illinois, Rev. David (Kyle) Thompson of Greensburg, Dana (Carol) Thompson of Elgin, Illinois, Donna (Greg) Mathews of Galesburg, Illinois, Donald (Marcia) Thompson of Elgin, Illinois, Renea (Bill) Kline of Centerville, Ohio, Terry (Karen) Tucker of Indianapolis, Becky (Frank) Eaton and Lynn (Mike) Cumberworth both of Versailles, and Trevor Tucker of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Ginny Tucker.  Tanner was to be a senior this year at South Ripley. He had served as class president since the 8th grade and participated on the Raider baseball and basketball teams. He was also a member of the Student Council, Media Tech, and had been a volunteer coach for Special Olympics. He had planned to attend Purdue in the fall of 2011 and study engineering. Tanner was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and was active in the church youth group. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 12th at 10:30am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. David Thompson and Rev. Mike Cantrel officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm at the Versailles Baptist Church Family Life Center. Memorials may be given to the donors choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Richard Rutledge, 62, of Versailles passed away Thursday, August 5, 2010 at his home. He was born in Moberly, Missouri on November 16, 1947 the son of Ralph and Helen Nichols Rutledge. He was married to Roxanna Hacker on July 14, 1972 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Matthew (Erin) Rutledge of Canaan and Harold (Rebecca) Rutledge of Frankfort, Ohio; six grandchildren; one sister Judy Storm of Jasper, Georgia; two brothers John (Linda) Rutledge of Moberly, Missouri and Cecil (Pat) Rutledge of Ocala, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Rutledge was a 1965 graduate of Moberly High School and attended the Central Christian College in Moberly. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was employed with the US Postal Service for 32 years, was also an evangelist with the Church of Christ, and was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 9th at 12pm at the Versailles Church of Christ with his sons Evangelist Harold Rutledge and Matthew Rutledge, and Bro. Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery at Madison. Visitation will be Monday from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Versailles Church of Christ in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Esther Demaree, 89, of Rexville passed away Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Sycamore Glen Retirement Center in Miamisburg, Ohio. She was born at Peoria, Illinois on April 8, 1921 the daughter of James and Cora Bassett Pierce. She was married to Charles Demaree and he preceded her in death on August 8, 1991. Survivors include one son Gene (Jo Jean) Demaree of Centerville, Ohio; two granddaughters Dara Demaree and her husband Kris Fraggos of Springboro, Ohio and Brandy (Brian) Vianello of Mariemont, Ohio; two grandsons Ronald (Patty) Samples of Indian Springs, Ohio and Gregory (Charlene) Samples of Hamilton, Ohio; great-grandchildren Talon Vianello, Demaree Vianello, Sarah Samples, Rebekah Samples, James (Trina) Samples, and Justin Samples; her brother Earl (Jacqueline Pierce of Chillicothe, Illinois. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Lila Leigh Samples, her brother James Pierce, and her sisters Anna Bunch and Arliss Jones. Mrs. Demaree was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 525 at Hanover. She had attended the West Fork Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd at 11:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, or the West Fork Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

James E. Boyd, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend of many died peacefully on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Waters in Batesville.  At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by family.  He will be remembered for his love of family and friends, and his passion for all sports, especially baseball and golf.  He was 100 years old. He will be missed by his three children: James E. (Sharon) Boyd, III, of Indianapolis; Charles ďAndyĒ (Linda) Boyd, of Oxford, Mississippi; and Joyce ďCisĒ (Don) Call of Milan.  Mr. Boyd had 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Joyce Boyd; and his brother, Robert ďBobĒ Jackson Boyd. He was born on February 9, 1910, the son of James E. Boyd, Sr. and Gertrude Zimmer in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He graduated from Withrow High School in Hyde Park in 1928 and attended Miami University.  While at Miami University, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and played both baseball and track at the collegiate level. Jim was married in 1936 to Joyce Leasure Miller.  In 1945, the couple moved to Milan where they raised their three children and established the Milan Locker Plant.  Jim later worked for Hillenbrand Industries in Sales and Marketing retiring in 1976.  In his retirement, he worked for Hoosier Links Golf Course in Milan. In keeping with his wishes, his body is being donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical School for research.  The memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Milan United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.  Open house will start at 4:00 pm, with a service at 5:30 pm and dinner immediately following.  Services will be officiated by Rev. Chuck Britt.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Milan Youth Baseball Organization. Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home is serving the family.

 

Lee McMinds, 88, of Holton passed away Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born in Anderson, Indiana on February 28th, 1922 the son of Hamer and Lula Cook McMinds. He was married to Alice Kelley on April 2nd, 1942 and she preceded him in death on June 6th, 2007. Other survivor include two daughters, Betty and Gerald (Skip) Randolph of Indianapolis, and Connie Kelley of Napoleon; 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great great grandson. His parents, his wife and one daughter, Barbara Meyer in 1969, preceded him in death. Mr. McMinds was a 1940 graduate of Holton High School. He retired after 38 years at Arvin Industries in North Vernon. He was the oldest male member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. He also loved camping and Blue Grass Music. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. David Shivers Officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6pm until 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

John Fields, 85, of Osgood passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Holton on July 2, 1925 the son of John and Olive Colbert Fields. Survivors include one sister Helen (Glenn) Risk of Versailles and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Norman and Charles Fields, and his sisters Mary Walker, Wilma Gault, and Georgia Robb.  Mr. Fields was employed with Civil Service and had worked in the ship yards at Pearl Harbor. He was also a former employee with the Ripley County Highway Department and the Town of Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 12th at 3pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Walter W. Wright, 96, of Rexville passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the Waters of Clifty Falls at Madison. He was born in Indianapolis on March 19, 1914 the son of Walter M. and Anna Fuehrer Wright. He was married to Neva Flint on September 10, 1937 and his wife of 72 years survives him. Other survivors include three daughters Phyllis (Earl) May of Rexville, Sharon (Forrest) Sandefur of Greensburg, and Brenda (Danny) Myers of Rexville; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Wayne, his brother Wilbur Wright, and his sisters Dorothy Culp, Helen Washmuth, and Madonna Roberts. Mr. Wright was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. He was a shovel operator for Kordís Quarry at Versailles and Tri-County Stone at Cross Plains. Mr. Wright also worked in the CCC camp that later became the Versailles State Park in the 1930ís. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 12th at 11am at the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Carter officiating. Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery near Rexville. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm 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 New Marion Baptist Church or the West Fork Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Mildred Gray, 97, of Madison passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the Waters of Clifty Falls at Madison. She was born at Canaan on August 21, 1912 the daughter of Carl and Inez Leathurbury Etherton. She was married to Earl Gray in 1933 and he preceded her in death on March 11, 1992. Survivors include two sons Keith (Betty) Gray of Madison and Rick (Mary) Gray of Canaan; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Ralph, her brothers Earl and Dale Etherton, and her sisters Marjorie Etherton, Ruby Schaefer, and Neva Sedam. Mrs. Gray was a 1930 graduate of North Madison High School and was a member of the Manville Christian Church. She was a former employee of Mayers in Madison and worked in food service at Reliance Electric. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 25th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. George Severn of the Manville Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Manville Christian Church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences available at skfuneralhome.com.

 

JoAnn Brinson, 75, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Benham on July 28, 1934 the daughter of Basil and Eva Fern Welch Steele. She was married to Clair Brinson on March 21, 1953 and he preceded her in death on October 19, 1998. Survivors include two sons Douglas Brinson and Marty (Dawn) Brinson both of Versailles; two daughters Diana Sturgill of Norton, Virginia and Kathy (Roy) Dobbs of New Marion; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; her son-in-law Earl Phelps of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one brother Arthur Steele of Lawrenceburg; one sister Gladys (Kenny) Hayes of Benham. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Marilyn Phelps, her son-in-law Jerry Sturgill, her sister Reta Demaree, and her brothers Dale, Russell, and Albert Steele. Mrs. Brinson was a former employee of Braleyís Clover Leaf Store in Versailles and was also a homemaker. She had attended the Concord Wesleyan and Versailles Wesleyan Churches. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 19 at 3pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. John Hundley of the Versailles Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Wesleyan Church or the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Emalene C. Delap, 80, of Elrod passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born at Greendale on January 11, 1930 the daughter of Robert and Hilda Fillenwarth Brandt. She was married to Harland Delap on May 9, 1953 and he survives. Other survivors include two daughters Debra (Lee) Cutter and Darlene (Martin) Ruehl both of Elrod; grandchildren Casey, Brandon, and Andy Ruehl, and Derek Cutter all of Elrod; one sister Betty Jean Sandbrink of Winter Springs, Florida; sister-in-law Phyllis Brandt of Thornton, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robert Brandt. Mrs. Delap was a 1948 graduate of Aurora High School. She was a member of St. Peterís Lutheran Church in Dillsboro where she participated in the ELWC and the fellowship group. She was a former employee of the Alton Box Company in Aurora and Thatcher Glass Company in Greendale. She had also been a sales consultant for Avon. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jeremy Russell and Keith Allhands officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to St. Peterís Lutheran Church, the heart fund, or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Gary L. Setser, 62, of Versailles, formerly of Hamilton, Ohio passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Hamilton on December 15, 1947 the son of Ernest and Pruda Day Setser. He was married to Mary Ann Hardy in 1992 and she preceded him in death in 2006. Survivors include his mother Pruda Setser of Versailles; son Shawn Setser of Tampa, Florida; daughter Tiffany (Jason) Wilmot of Middletown, Ohio; grandchildren Riley Wilmot, Brittany, Ricky, and Dustin Setser; his aunts Lillie Hisle of Greenfield, Mary Ellen Thieman and Pauline (Irvin) Hart both of Versailles; uncles Dale (LaVerne), Joe (Peggy), and Tom (Lorine) Day all of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Dale. Mr. Setser was a former employee of Elder Beerman in Hamilton and also with Goodwill. He was a member of the New Testament Christian Church in Osgood and enjoyed gardening and woodworking.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Irvin Hart officiating. Burial will be in the College Corner Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the New Testament Christian Church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences available at skfuneralhome.com.

 

Joann Cole, 69, of Batesville, formerly of Versailles passed away Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Waters of Batesville. She was born at Milan on February 19, 1941 the daughter of Owen and Anna Bushhorn Cross. Survivors include two daughters Michelle (Rodney) Sellers and Katrina (Jerry) Keck both of Versailles; two sons Dwayne (Marci) Cole of Hanover and Joe (Saradee) Cole of Versailles; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers David (Mary Chris) Cross of Milan and Earl (Sharon) Cross of Aurora; two sisters Delores Benham of Milan and Joyce (Richard) Meyer of Mexico. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Janet Cross. Mrs. Cole was a 1959 graduate of Milan High School and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Batesville. She was a former employee of US Shoe at Osgood and Ohio Rod Products in Versailles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Batesville with Bishop Pete Watkins officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. 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 donors choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Waunetta Fay McCauley, 77, of Cross Plains passed away Monday, May 31, 2010. She was born at Louisville, Kentucky on November 10, 1932 the daughter of Raymond and Irma Werner Herndon. She was married to William McCauley on January 25, 1958 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Michael (Stacy) McCauley of Greensburg; three daughters Theresa (Ken) Wagner of West Harrison, Tammy (Brian) Varble of Versailles, Kentucky, and Michele (Jeff) Gammons of Milan; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother Jerry Herndon of Lebanon, Tennessee; three sisters Martha Tipton and Irene Gill both of Eminence, Kentucky and Lorene Tipton of Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Robert Coy, and her brother Raymond Herndon. Mrs. McCauley was a former employee of US Shoe in Vevay and had worked for 12 years in the deli of the Versailles Super Market. She was also a cake decorator and a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 4th at 11am at the Cross Plains Church of Christ with Rev. Brian Varble officiating. Burial will be in the Methodist Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery or the donors choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Ruby F. Swinney, 83, of New Marion passed away Thursday, May 27, 2010 at her home. She was born near New Marion on March 15, 1927 the daughter of Paul and Mary Sedam May. She was married to Clifford Swinney on May 1, 1946 and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1989. Survivors include one daughter Rita (Robert) Dobbs of Pulaski, Tennessee; three sons William D. (Anna Kay) Swinney of New Marion, Eddie (Linda) Swinney of LaPlatta, Missouri, and Larry (Pamela) Swinney of Pulaski, Tennessee; 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother Martin May of Hamilton, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Albert May and her sister Dorothy Israel. Mrs. Swinney was a 1946 graduate of New Marion High School. She was a homemaker and had been employed with US Shoe in Osgood. She had also done wallpapering and was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 1st at the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Karen Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion 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 church or cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Dennis R. Fletcher, 46, of Cincinnati passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at his home. He was born in Cincinnati on October 22, 1963 the son of Grover and Joyce Campbell Fletcher. Survivors include two sons Lance Corporal Chad Fletcher Lowe who is serving with the Marines in Okinawa and William Fletcher Lowe of Seymour; one daughter Genevieve Fletcher of Seymour; his parents Grover and Joyce Fletcher of Versailles; two brothers David (Tonya) Fletcher of Milan and Timothy Fletcher of Cincinnati; one sister Vickie Fletcher of Osgood, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher was a former employee of Rough Brothers Construction in Cincinnati. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Michael Ray Sproessig, 38, of Versailles passed away Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the Decatur Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. He was born at Batesville on February 4, 1972 the son of Richard and Patricia McConnell Sproessig. He was married to Eryn Milligan on March 22, 2008 and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter Ashtyn Sproessig and his son Hunter Jerald Brandon Sproessig; parents Richard and Patricia Sproessig of Versailles; his father and mother-in-law Ron and Lisa Milligan of Westport; his maternal grandmother Emma McConnell of Pierceville; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Chester and Flora Sproessig and his maternal grandfather Hugh McConnell.  Mr. Sproessig was a 1990 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a member of Carpenters Local 1142 in Greensburg and had completed the four year carpenterís apprentice course at Washington. He was a member of the Holton United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20th at 11am at the Holton United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Hadley officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4pm 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 Holton United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Raymond Plowman, 74, of Napoleon passed away Friday, May 14, 2010 at his home. He was born at Hazard, Kentucky on May 20, 1934 the son of Depeu and Hazel Deaton Plowman. He was married to Marilyn Roszell and she survives. Other survivors include one son Lincoln (Christine) Plowman of Indianapolis; three daughters Ruth Kieffer of Osgood, Lynda (Craig) Wright of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Bobbie (Chris) Howlett of Milan; 5 grandchildren; one brother Ed Plowman of Magnolia, Kentucky; one sister Lena Couch of Alexandria, Kentucky. Mr. Plowman was retired from Delta Faucet where he worked for 35 years. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Donald Grigsby, 76, of Osgood passed away Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Major Hospital in Shelbyville. He was born at Delaware on February 24, 1934 the son of Beckham and Cinda Branson Grigsby. Survivors include two sons Stanley Grigsby of Paris Crossing and Mark Grigsby of Aurora; one daughter Teresa Hays of Wisconsin; three sisters Mary Chapman of North Augusta, South Carolina, Wanda Santchez of Romules, Michigan, and Delores Steele of Fort Wayne; one brother Paul Grigsby of Rock Hill, North Carolina. Survivors also include his granddaughter Genny Gauck of Holton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack Grigsby, and his sisters Becky Jordan, Irene Collins, LaVina Denny, and Olive Pennick. Mr. Grigsby served in the Air Force, retiring after 20 years. Services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Grigsby Cemetery at Delaware. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Denzel Byram, 82, of Speedway passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born at Dillsboro on January 7, 1928 the son of Griff and Cora Meyer Byram. He was married to Betty Lou Bricka, and she survives. Other survivors include one son Ron (Melissa) Byram of Kokomo; grandchildren Kelly Wright and Amanda Gillem both of Kokomo; great-grandchildren Jaylee Gillem, Taliah Wright, and Reece Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harland Byram, and his sister Juanita Soakie. Mr. Byram was a 1946 graduate of Dillsboro High School and attended the Coyne Technical School in Chicago. He was employed with Seagramís in Lawrenceburg, Cummins Engine in Columbus, and was employed for 34 years with the Allison Division of GM in Indianapolis as a computer programmer, retiring in 1983. Mr. Byram was a member of the Hamilton Masonic Lodge at Fishers. He enjoyed his family, golfing, square dancing, and walking. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 6th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Fehrman officiating. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.

 

Betty L. Uhlman, 75, of Cross Plains, passed away Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Columbus Regional Hospital. She was born in the Hopewell community on June 13th, 1934 the daughter of Isaac and Mary Hoppos Large. She was married to William Uhlman on April 5, 1953 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter; Lynn Ann Uhlman of Madison, one granddaughter; Erica Anne (Kyle) Bechman of Cross Plains, one brother; Guy (Mariam) Large of Orange City, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ray.  Mrs. Uhlman was a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, former Grand Representative of the Indiana Grand Chapter to the State of Wyoming, a past president of the Friendship American Legion Auxiliary and a 1952 graduate of the Versailles High School. She had worked as a greeter at the Madison Wal-Mart, and helped with Glen Smith Produce Stand. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 11am at the Cross Plains United Methodist Church with Randy Thieman and Scott Elston officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains United Methodist Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Douglas L. Russell, Sr., 56, of Elrod passed away Monday, April 26, 2010 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. He was born at Milan on September 10, 1953 the son of William and Evelyn Rahe Russell. He was married to Judy Burford on December 23, 1970 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Douglas ( Kindra) Russell, Jr. of Rising Sun; one daughter Renee (Scott) Huffman of Milan; four grandchildren; one brother William (Judy) Russell, Jr. of Batesville; one sister Rosella Duffy of Ellijay, Georgia; his mother-in-law Mrs. Peggy Burford of Elrod. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Russell was a 1971 graduate of Milan High School and was employed as a truck driver with Grammar Industries. He attended the Hope Baptist Church at Dillsboro and was vice-president of the Washington Cemetery Board. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 30th at 10:30am at the Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. Visitation will  be Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

JoAnn Schwanholt, 53, of Versailles passed away Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was born in Cincinnati on November 5, 1956 the daughter of Bill and Norma Hux Frazier. She was married to Darrell Schwanholt on June 2, 1998 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Robert (Amanda) Frazier of Liberty, Kentucky; two daughters Norma George and JoAnna (Gabe) Cruser both of Holton; 9 grandchildren; one brother Jerry Frazier of Jamestown, Kentucky; two sisters Barb Smith of Cincinnati and Diane Golden of Covington, Kentucky; and her father-in-law Mr. Victor Schwanholt of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Schwanholt was an 18 year employee of Ohio Rod in Versailles where she worked as machine tender. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, and collecting John Deere memorebillia. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 28th at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Ralph Campen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 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 St. Paulís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Cecil A. Bultman, Sr., 95, of Napoleon passed away Friday, April 23, 2010 at St. Andrewís Health Campus in Batesville. He was born near Napoleon on October 24, 1914 the son of Oliver and Edna Hoyer Bultman. He was married to Alice Young on December 30, 1935 and she preceded him in death on September 29, 2007. Survivors include two sons Cecil A. (Mary) Bultman, Jr. of Napoleon and Denzil Bultman of Madison; one daughter DeVota Dean of Osgood; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren; one brother Lester G. Bultman, Sr. of Bedford. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Donald Charles Bultman, his grandson Karl Bultman, his brothers Woodrow and Dale Bultman, and his sister Ruby Stratton. Mr. Bultman was a retired farmer and attended the Stewart School in Delaware Township. He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Napoleon where he had taught Sunday School and was a member of the church choir. He was a member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Batesville Eagles. He was a school bus driver for the Napoleon and Jac-Cen-Del school systems from 1945 to 1981 and had served as president of the Indiana School Bus Drivers Association for 22 years. Mr. Bultman was also a former 4H leader for the Napoleon Fighters. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29th at 11am at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Napoleon with Pastor Gary Groth and Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in St. Johnís Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the church or the Napoleon Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Donald Gene Hicks, 75, of Napoleon passed away Sunday, April 18, 2010 at St. Andrewís Health Campus in Batesville. He was born near Napoleon on December 26, 1934 the son of Vern and Luella Winters Hicks. He was married to Patricia Straber on Friday, April 13, 1956 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Brad (Karen) Hicks and Bart (Elaine) Hicks both of Napoleon; grandchildren Janine, Matthew (Leslie), Laura, Kristen, Meagan, Jessica, and Erica Hicks; one great-grandson Brayden Hicks. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Hicks was a 1954 graduate of Napoleon High School. He had been employed with the Ripley County Highway Department, Cummins, and the Union Furniture Company in Batesville. He was also a farmer and had driven milk trucks for Bobby Todd and Jack Snyder. He also participated in harness racing throughout the county fair circuit.  Mr. Hicks was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Napoleon, the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite, the Eastern Star, and was a 50 year member of the Osgood Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 22nd at 11am at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Napoleon with Pastor Gary Groth officiating. Burial will be in the Booher Cemetery near Napoleon. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Thursday at the church. Masonic services will be conducted Wednesday evening at 7:30 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Central House or St. Johnís Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

 

David W. Hensley, 46, of Milan passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at the Christ Hospital on September 22, 1963 the son of Frances and Norma Crowley Hensley. He was married to Barbara Bagley on September 20, 1986 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Nathan Hensley and Aaron Hensley, and one daughter Rachel Hensley all at home; his mother Mrs. Norma Hensley of Milan; one sister Charlotte (Doug) Norman of Milan; his mother-in-law Mrs. Patricia Booker of Lake City, Michigan, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Frances Hensley, his brother Eddie, and his grandparents Ed and Mabel Hensley and James and Christine Crowley. Mr. Hensley was a 1981 graduate of Milan High School. He received his BS degree in engineering from Indiana State in 1986 and received his Masters Degree from Kettering University in Michigan. He had been employed with Hil-Rom in Batesville since 1988 where he worked as a mechanical design engineering specialist. Mr. Hensley was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and youth leader. He was also currently serving as president of the Ripley County Camp of the Gideons. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 19th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrel and Pastor Doug Norman officiating. Visitation will be in the family life center at the church on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Memorials may be given to the Gideons or the Versailles Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Dorothy Henderson, 73, of Osgood passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at her home. She was born near Osgood on February 15, 1937 the daughter of Frank and Florence Hankins Monroe. She was married to Harry Henderson on August 27, 1955 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Jim Henderson of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Marion, Donald, Gerald, Clarence, Leroy, Wayne, and Ray Monroe, and her sisters Mildred Monroe, Mabel Hartig, Beatrice Harlin, Gladys Curry, Beulah Monroe, and Ruby Daugherty. Mrs. Henderson was a former employee of the Delaney Wood Heel Factory in Versailles and was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 17th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Garland Rudd officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association or the Cedar Creek Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Leona C. Wagner, 92, of Osgood passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Osgood on August 12, 1917 the daughter of Fred and Bertha Wheeler Lustig. She was married to Arthur Wagner on November 16, 1938 and he preceded her in death on July 1, 1999. Survivors include four sons Jim (Nancy) Wagner of Hartsville, Roger (Peggy) Wagner and Gene (Joyce) Wagner both of Osgood, and Joe (Pearl) Wagner of Westport; one daughter Carole (Duane) Franklin of Holton; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her granddaughter Sherry Lewis, and her brothers Lawrence Lustig and Howard Lustig. Mrs. Wagner was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood and a member of the Jolly Circle Home Ec Club. She was also a homemaker and had done furniture upholstering. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 15th at 10am at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood with Father Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will be in St. Mauriceís Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services at 7:30pm.

 

Barbara Ann Prarat Morris passed away Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. She was born at Akron, Ohio the daughter of William and Helen Roussert Douglas. She is survived by her husband Paul, sons Jack (Kathi) Prarat of Aurora and Doug (Sandy) Prarat of Morris; one daughter Kim Boyer of Cincinnati; grandchildren Sarah, Geoff, Matt, Emily, Lindsey, Chris, Jacob, Abby, Andrew, and Logan; great-grandchildren Trey and Julie Ann; one brother William (Mel) Douglas of Lewis, Delaware; niece Leigh (Tom) Joos and family Conner, Eric, and Elana; nephew Tim (Kim) Douglas and son Jordan. Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Becky Christman. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 12th 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. Visitation will be Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Lovell L. Monroe, 85, of Versailles passed away Monday, April 5, 2010 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Osgood on February 12, 1925 the son of John and Hazel Denning Monroe. He was married to Virginia Adams on November 8, 1947 and she survives. Other survivors include one son David (Lesley) Monroe of Butlerville; three daughters Darlene (Earl) Ogata of Lexington, Kentucky, Diann (Rick) Marksberry of Florence, Kentucky, and Debbie (Cleon) McIntyre of Berea, Kentucky; 20 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Lowell Monroe and Russell Monroe, and his sisters Virginia Baker and Iris Howlett. Mr. Monroe was a 1946 graduate of Osgood High School and was a Navy veteran of WWII where he served in the Long Beach, California and Guam Hosptials. He retired in 1990 from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center after 33 years as an x-ray technician. He had also been employed with the Rush Memorial Hospital and the Bartholomew County Hospital. Mr. Monroe was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, trustee, moderator, and choir member. He was also a member of the Versailles American Legion. He had served as a cub scout leader, 4H project leader, and also as a trustee for Family Connections.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 8th at 10:30am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrel and Rev. Richard Burcham officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and also from 9:30am Thursday until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the church building fund or the Southeastern Indiana Baptist Youth Camp in care of the funeral home.

 

Alta Asche, 95, of North Vernon, formerly of Holton, passed away Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Haneyís Corner near Rexville on December 18, 1914 the daughter of Harry and Myrtie Shepherd Geisler. She was married to Fred Asche on February 14, 1942 and he preceded her in death on April 3, 1990. Survivors include two sons Jerry (Dosha) Asche of Holton and Alois (Tina) Asche of Osgood; one daughter Patsy Sue (Omar) Bradley of Versailles; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters Freda Ellis and Delta Little both of Madison. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Amelia Holman, and her brothers Leslie, Lester, and Alva Geisler. Mrs. Asche assisted her husband as a custodian at the Holton School. She had also cared for the elderly in the community and was a homemaker. She was a member of the West Fork Baptist Church and was a 62 year member of the Osgood-Versailles Chapter of the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 6th at 11am at the West Fork Baptist Church with Pastor Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church and Rev. David Blazier of West Fork officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the West Fork Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Henry E. Farrell, 53, of Holton passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at his home. He was born at Batesville on August 1, 1956 the son of Carl and Anna Louise Housefield Farrell. Survivors include his companion Dorothy Canada of Holton; sons James Farrell of Crowley, Texas, and Henry Farrell, Jr. of Gainesville, Texas; one daughter Anna Kay Farrell of Spokane, Washington; two sisters Naomi Hibbert of Osgood and Viola Caple of Louisville; four brothers Donald and Richard Farrell both of Versailles, David Farrell of Cross Plains, and John Farrell of Rexville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers James and Chester, and his sister Goldena Brock. Mr. Farrell attended South Ripley High School. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 20th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with minister Randy Thieman of the Shelby Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Steven W. Shook, 47, of Madison passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. He was born at Franklin, Indiana on June 23, 1962 the son of Beverly and Mary Flint Shook. He was married to Brenda S. Wilson on September 22, 2008 and she survives. Other survivors include his father Beverly Shook of Butlerville; four daughters Elizabeth Morgan and Stephanie Minks both of Corydon, Amanda Shook of Salem, and Marissa Shook of Madison; one step-son Chris Minks of Texas; two step-daughters Tabatha Dodds and Crystal Dodds both of Madison; 12 grandchildren; one sister Jackie (Phil) Amos of Holton; two brothers Danny Shook of Louisville and Chris (Stephanie) Shook of Virginia. He was employed as an independent crane operator. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 18th at 2:00pm at the Benham United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 12:00pm until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the Benham United Methodist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Irvin L. Orr, 83, of Napoleon passed away Monday, March 8, 2010 at the Pierce County Nursing Home in Waycross, Georgia. He was born near Delaware on December 28, 1926 the son of Andrew and Minnie Ahrens Orr. He was married to Anna Margaret Knopf on November 1, 1952 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Mark (Wanda) Orr of Letts; two daughters Carol (Jim) Hull of Waycross, Georgia and Diane (Kerry) Jackson of Westchester, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; two brothers John Orr of McClelland, Iowa and Gilbert Orr of Omaha, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Stephen and Daniel, granddaughter Rachel Ann Orr, his brothers Leo, Harvey, Percy, and Manley, and his sisters Rita Bierle, Thelma Thie, and Eileen Woodworth. Mr. Orr was a farmer and had worked for Hoosier Energy and the Indiana State Highway Department. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 12th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. William Robinson officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery at Madison. Visitation will be Thursday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Parkinsonís Research Foundation.

 

Junior ďRedĒ Landwehr, 78, of Versailles passed away Sunday evening, February 28, 2010 in the comfort of his home with his wife Dorene at his side. They were married on May 28, 1952. He was born May 15, 1931 in Ripley County, the only son of Major and Rena Landwehr. Survivors include his wife and four children. Diana (Landwehr) Johnson and her husband Gary of Elrod and their two children Micah and Jenna of Baltimore,  Maryland; Gary and Dedra Landwehr of Versailles and their children Andy and wife Martha of Fort Hood, Texas, Eric and his fiancée Ashley Redwine with plans to reside in Benham, and Tyler also of Versailles; Greg and Shirley Landwehr and their two children Dawn (Landwehr) Heffelmire and her children Rory and Reese of Versailles, Amber (Landwehr) Seppala and her husband Zack and their two children Mara and Ada of Fairfield, Ohio; Gil and Tracy Landwehr and their two children Heath and Katie also residing in Versailles.  Red served in the US Army in the Korean War and later retired from the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood after 28 years. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where in his younger years he served on the church council and played on the church softball team. Since retirement his time has been well spent by bowling, fishing, and occasionally making maple syrup and caring for the family farm located on Cave Hill Road. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor James Culver of St. Paulís Lutheran Church officiating. Family services will follow at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion or the Fishes and Loaves food pantry in Osgood in care of the funeral home.

 

Jeanette Dalene Vestal, 87, of Greenfield passed away Friday, February 19,2010 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. She was born at Rexville on June 29, 1922 the daughter of Verne and Odetta Kirk Sutter. She was married to Floyd Vestal on May 23, 1942 and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2008. Survivors include one daughter Myra (Ron) Wamsley of Greenfield; granddaughter Debbie (Jason) Coombs of Kokomo; 4 great-grandchildren; one brother Bernard Sutter of Franklin; one sister Clarice Mason of Melbourne, Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister Ruth Hey. Mrs. Vestal was proud to be a farmers wife and she was also a member of the North Madison Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 10:30am at the Shelby Christian Church with Minister Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Memorial contributions may be given to the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home

 

George T. (Bo) Daily , 79, of Versailles passed away Friday, February 12, 2010 at St. Andrewís Health Campus in Batesville. He was born at Highland Park, Illinois on August 8, 1930 the son of George D. M. and Helen Rudolph Daily. He was married to Pat DeVore on March 16, 1952 at the Wirt Baptist Church and she survives. Other survivors include two sons George D. (Brenda) Daily of Columbus, Ohio and Daniel (Nicole) Daily of Moores Hill; two daughters Deborah (Steve) Haughee of Osceola and Gretchen (Jeff) Fuller of Milan; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters Joan Geisler and Pat (Wayne) Ralston both of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Daily was a 1948 graduate of Central High School in Madison and was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean. He worked as an accountant from 1964 to 1992 for Ohio Valley Paving in Carrollton, Kentucky. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor James Culver officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the church or the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation in care of the funeral home.

 

Virginia Vanosdol, 91, of Benham passed away Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born on Little Doe Run in Switzerland County on July 14, 1918 the daughter of Edward W. and Pearl Saylor Brooks. She was married to Roscoe Vanosdol on January 14, 1938 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1986. Survivors include two daughters Joyce Vanosdol of Indianapolis and Janice Vanosdol of Rushville; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; one brother Jerry (Gleda) Brooks of Benham; two sisters Christine Rainwater of Louisville and Leota Dickerson of Leesburg, Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Clyde, great-grandson Tyler Massingale, sister-in-law Norma Brandes, her brother Edward E. Brooks, and sister-in-law Martha Brooks. Mrs. Vanosdol was a 1937 graduate of Versailles High School. She had been employed with Fergusons Store in Versailles and also with the Bovard Funeral Home in Versailles. She was an 80year member of the Benham United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 15th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery or the Fishes and Loaves food pantry in care of the funeral home.

 

Donald R. Toops, 84, of the Hopewell community passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the Manderley Health Care center in Osgood. He was born near Osgood on February 13, 1925 the son of Clarence and Bessie Grossman Toops. He was married to Mollie Hughes on May 4, 1947 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Rita (Oren) Rork of North Vernon; five sons, Larry (Blythe) Toops of Canton, Ohio, Lonnie (Melba) Toops of Edinburgh, Roger (Terri) Toops, Ray (Freda) Toops, and Darin (Samantha) Toops all of Osgood; daughter-in-law Cynthia Toops of Napoleon; 16 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son David Toops, his brother Dallas Toops, and his sister Deloris Summers. Mr. Toops was a 1943 graduate of Holton High School and was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. He was a farmer and had worked at the Ripley County Farm Bureau and Osgood Grain. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 9pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am Saturday until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Sue C. Myers, 67, of Milan passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on August 20, 1942 the daughter of Roy and Elizabeth Begley Adkins. Survivors include three sons Wayne (Judy) Evans, David Myers and his companion Alice Jackson, and Jack Myers all of Milan; four daughters Tina McKeown, Tonya (Chris) Glacken, Mary Smith, and LaVonne (Jamie) Craft all of Milan; 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons; five brothers Houston Walker of Texas, John Walker of Oklahoma, Frank Walker and Chester Walker both of Versailles, and Donald Bowman of Kentucky; one sister Elizabeth Albin of Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Marion Adkins, Raymond Adkins, Tim Hageman, and Roy Albin, and her sisters Sylvia Asher and Elvira Kilgore. Ms. Myers was a 34year employee of Hill-Rom where she worked as a cycle counter, retiring in 2008. She was a member of the Milan American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Walter Begley officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to St. Judes in care of the funeral home.

 

Wayne Scott, 69, of Versailles passed away Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Madison on November 22, 1940 the son of John R. and Irma Heiderman Scott. He was married to Roberta Yeary on July 24, 1975 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Jerry Wayne Scott of Versailles; two daughters Susan (Steve) Whitham of Madison and Sandra (Grant) Brown of Cross Plains; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one sister Connie Gabbard of Cross Plains. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sons Kenneth and Randell. Mr. Scott was a 1959 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was a former heavy equipment operator for Websterís Construction and had worked as a road grader for the Ripley County Highway Department. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 9th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Darrell Statler officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

Bert Britt, 86, of Versailles passed away Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Decatur Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. He was born on August 27, 1923 at Ansted, West Virginia the son of Preston and Beulah Hypes Britt. He was married to Pauline Peebles on June 2, 1945 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Dan Britt of Hamilton, Ohio; two daughters Linda (Mike) Alprin of Canton, Ohio and Carolyn Sue (Marvin) McNew of Holton; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Quentin and Edsil Britt, and his daughter-in-law Ruth Britt. Mr. Britt was a Navy veteran of WWII where he served as a Captainís Write. He was a branch manager for Clark Equipment in Chicago and was a former manager of the Ripley County Farm Bureauís hardware store in Osgood. He also had farmed, worked as a carpenter, and had with his wife owned and operated Olde Things Flea Market in Versailles. Mr. Britt was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Ruth I. Vogel, 92, of Versailles passed away Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born near Dillsboro on February 1, 1917 the daughter of Louis and Minnie Warner Willman. She was married to Roscoe Vogel on May 19, 1934 and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2003. Survivors include one son Gerald (Joyce) Vogel of Versailles; one daughter Janice (Richard) Sedam of Carmel; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; her twin sister Ruby Miller and her sister Georgena Cole both of Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, and sisters Esther Rahe, Sylvia Schmaltz, Ida Lee McKim, and Joyce Ann Willman. Mrs. Vogel was a former employee of GM in Flint, Michigan and also had worked at Vines Poultry in Osgood. She and her husband had owned and operated the J & R Truck Stop near Elrod. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 26th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons of the Washington Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Paulís Cemetery at Dewberry. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Vincent Horton, 77, of Versailles passed away Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Ross Manor in Dillsboro. He was born near Versailles on December 22, 1932 the son of Clifford and Garnet Alley Horton. Survivors include two sons Milton (Lucy) Horton of Nashville, Tennessee and Bret (Kletis) Horton of New Castle; five daughters Inga (Scott) Guenther of Texas, Greta (Bill) Goble of Versailles, Barbara (Preston) Barlow of Kentucky, Tanya (Theron) Smith of Sumter, South Carolina, and Beth (Steven) Williams of Nashville, Tennessee; several grandchildren; one sister Wilma Lou Clark of Clarksville; one brother Ray (Kay) Horton of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Phyliss Hafft. Mr. Horton was a 1951 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a former terminal manager for Silgas. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church, the Versailles American Legion, and the Ripley County Voiture 40 & 8. Mr. Horton was a veteran of the US Army. Services will be held on Friday, January 15th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Theron Smith officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 11am until time of services. The Versailles American Legion will conduct military services Friday at the funeral home.

 

 Dexter A. Day, 59, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 at his residence. He was born at Rising Sun on July 17, 1950 the son of Harlan and Effie Jones Day. He was married to Claudette Hager on July 6, 1983 and she survives. Other survivors include four sons Mark (Angela) Day of Lexington, KY, Stacy (Kristin) Day of Salvisa, KY, Nathan Day of Lexington, KY, and Jason Covert of Versailles; three daughters Stephanie (Keith) Copeland of Milan, Sherry (Bo) Copley of Williamson, WV and Donna Day of Cross Plains; sixteen grandchildren, three brothers; Clinton Day and Clayton Day both of Versailles and Norman (Brenda) Day of Osgood, one sister; Rebecca (Jerry) Hunteman of North Vernon.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers; Denver and Wendell. Mr. Day was retired from the military where he served 22 years with the Army and Marines and also with the Kentucky Army National Guard.  He served during the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal, and was also qualified as a sharpshooter. Mr. Day was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School and was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 8th at 1pm at the Versailles Church of Christ with Dale Day and Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 12pm until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

 

 Shirley Prewitt, 86, of Westport passed away Saturday, January 2, 2010 at her home. She was born at Worthington, Minnesota on May 15, 1923 the daughter of Amos and Rose Robert Rucker. She was married to Leady Lair on June 11, 1943 and he preceded her in death. She was married to Edward Prewitt on July 24, 1970 and he preceded her in death on October 7, 2009. Survivors include three sons, Walter (Russanna) Lair of Westport, Robert Lair of North Vernon, and Paul Roane of Seymour; two daughters, Dessie Lozier of Westport and Tammy (Jeff) Reynolds of Bath, Maine; 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; three sisters Irene Morris, Leola Muir, and Olive Naylor all of Montana.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Billy Lair, one grandson, her brothers Bert, John, and Amos Rucker, and her sisters Pearl Stevens and Rose Marie Noble. Mrs. Prewitt was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church and the North Vernon VFW Auxiliary. She was a former employee of the Regal Rug factory in North Vernon and had worked for 15 years at the Butternut Bread store in Versailles. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 7th 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 East Hill Cemetery at Rushville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

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