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Lawrence W. Green, 101, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Cross Plains on September 10, 1912 the son of John and Anna West Green. He was married to Mari Jo Maxwell on April 23, 1938 and she preceded him in death on July 12, 1989. Survivors include two sons John (Phyllis) Green of Cincinnati, and David (Ruth) Green of Versailles; 5 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Howard Green. Mr. Green was a 1930 graduate of Versailles High School. He farmed his entire life and was a former employee of Guide Lamp in Anderson and the Versailles ASCS office. Lawrence was a member of and served in several capacities at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. He was also a 63 year member of the Versailles Lions Club where he was given a lifetime membership and also received the W. P. Woods Award. He was a member and past president of the Ripley County Farm Bureau, a past director for the Ripley County Farm Bureau Co-op, had served on the Ripley County Election Board, and was a member of the first Ripley County Planning Commission. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28th at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Dennis Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Improvement Fund of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Lawrence Green Scholarship, or the Activities Fund at Ripley Crossing in care of the funeral home. 

 

Wayne Hull, 88, of Versailles, formerly of Holton passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Hanover Nursing Center. He was born in the Hopewell Community near Holton on September 13, 1925 the son of Golden and Velma Waters Hull. He was married to Carole Gortemiller on March 29, 1947 and she preceded him in death on April 30, 2006. Survivors include three sons Merrill (Pat) Hull of Fairfield, Ohio, Jim (Carol) Hull of Waycross, Georgia, and Michael (Babs) Hull of Greenwood; two daughters Cheryll (Jerry) Judge of Hanover and Phyllis Hull of Versailles; 14 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren; two sisters Gloria Kitley of Indianapolis and Zuella McNew of Bright. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents, his brothers Keith Hull and Delmar Hull, his sister Phyllis Shaw, and his great-granddaughter Lexie Miller-Ritch. Mr. Hull was a 1943 graduate of Holton High School. He was a veteran of WWII and obtained the rank of Sergeant with the Army Air Force. He served with the 41st Bomb Squadron as a Cryptographic Technician and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was a former employee of Arvins in Columbus and retired in 1991 after 36 years with Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg where worked as a journeyman tool and die maker. Mr. Hull was a former Little League coach, past president of the Osgood Civic Club, and was a former member of the Otter Creek Township Advisory Board. Wayne was a member of the Versailles American Legion and an 80 year member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 24th at 10am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Barringer and Rev. Bob Harting officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Monday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Home in Versailles and from 9am until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Peggy L. Black, 82, of Osgood passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at North Vernon on August 30, 1931 the daughter of William and Mary Agnes Ledford Weber. She was married to Paul Edward Black on April 5, 1952 and he preceded her in death on December 10, 2001. Survivors include two sons Michael (Karen) Black and Larry (Susan) Black both of Osgood; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one sister Linda Dilk of Osgood; also her brother-in-law William Heidorn of Lookout. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister Charlene Heidorn. Mrs. Black was a former employee of Seagrams and worked in wrapping and packing at Federal Mogul in Greensburg, retiring in 1996 after 31 years. Peggy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Osgood. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 23rd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell of the Versailles Baptist Church officiating. officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Wilma M. Myers, 89, of Rexville passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Ross Manor in Dillsboro. She was born near Butlerville in Jennings County on June 20, 1924 the daughter of Dennis and Verna Stratton Israel. Survivors include five sons Ken (Barbara) Myers of Versailles, Norman (Barbara) Myers of Rexville, Danny (Brenda) Myers of New Marion, Mert (Janet) Myers of Versailles, and Jr. (Linda) Myers of Dillsboro; one daughter Mary (Tom) Allen of Edwardsburg, Michigan; 11 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; one sister Mary May of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Charles Israel and James Israel. Mrs. Myers was a 1941 graduate of New Marion High School. She was a former employee of Arvin Industries in North Vernon and retired in 1989 after 28 years with Reliance Electric in Madison. Wilma was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 19th at 11am at the New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Culp officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on 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 Cemetery or the New Marion Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Mildred M. Kamman, 94, of Friendship passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Ross Manor in Dillsboro. She was born near Cross Plains on August 25, 1919 the daughter of George and Mary Hoffmeyer Acre. She was married to Eldred Kamman in April of 1940 and he preceded her in death on July 19, 1978. Survivors include two sons Glen Kamman of Friendship and Keith (Susie) Kamman of Conroe, Texas; one daughter Carol Steele of Fishers; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ora Alsop of Cross Plains.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Ralph Steele, her sister Hazel Wolsterman, and her brother Russell Acre. Mrs. Kamman was a 1937 graduate of Versailles High School. She served as postmaster for the Friendship Post Office for 33 years and along with her husband owned and operated Kammanís Grocery in Friendship from 1958 to 1982. Mildred was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Dewberry for over 70 years. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 6th at 11am at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Rev. Richard Wilkie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm and will also be held at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Pauls Lutheran Church or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Patricia Minch, 77, of Cross Plains passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at her home. She was born at Carrollton, Kentucky on January 15, 1936 the daughter of Russell and Elizabeth Hambrick. She was married to George Minch on August 28, 1953 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Louis (Jenny) Minch of Napoleon; two daughters Ruth (John) Mann of Osgood and Lori (Jerry) McGuire of Greensburg; 9 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Buddy Hambrick, and her sister Betty Brunner. Mrs. Minch was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood, Ripley Publishing in Versailles, and the Silver Bell Nursing Home in Versailles. She enjoyed her family, playing bingo, and doing puzzles. Patricia was a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 26th at 12pm at the Cross Plains United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10am until time of the services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains United Methodist Church or the churchís building fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

 

William R. Tindle, 88, of Elrod passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Vevay in Switzerland County on September 22, 1925 the son of John and Eleanor Gieske Tindle. He was married to Iona Faye Patrick on July 10, 1953 and she survives. Other survivors include one sister Marsha Lamson of Vevay; brother-in-law Thomas Fehrman of Dillsboro, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Donna Jean Fehrman. Mr. Tindle was a graduate of Aurora High School and worked for 32 years as a maintenance supervisor for the I & M Electric Power Plant in Lawrenceburg. He also was a veteran of the Korean War where he attained the rank of Sergeant in the Army and received the Korean Service Medal with one bronze star. Mr. Tindle was also a farmer and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 25th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Foundation, Washington Cemetery, or the Versailles Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Maxine R. Young, 83, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born near Zenas in Jennings County on January 25, 1930 the daughter of Robert Heathcoat and Zelma Baldwin Pickett. She was married to Alvin Young on June 25, 1949 and he preceded her in death on January 26, 2006. Survivors include two sons Ron (Deb) Young of Versailles and Randy (Patty) Young of Osgood; one daughter Rosalie (Stanley) Allen of Indianapolis; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; one sister Evelyn Hull of Newbern. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eileen Level, and her brothers Elvin Pickett and Larry Pickett, Sr. Mrs. Young was a 1948 graduate of Napoleon High School. She was a former employee of Carol Cook in Greensburg and retired in 1992 after 25 years with Batesville Casket Company. Maxineís pastime was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was known in the community as an expert pie baker. Maxine was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm also at the Dabney Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to the Napoleon Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Elmer Davidson, 92, of Osgood passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Manchester, Kentucky on August 28, 1921 the son of Millard and Etta Johnson Davidson. He was married to Lucy Norman and she preceded him in death on June 13, 1997.  Survivors include three daughters Margie Penick and Doris Jean Otis both of Cincinnati, and June Shadday of Indianapolis; 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Carl, Nathaniel, and Gary Davidson, his brothers Harrison Davidson and Dewey Frazier, and his sister Alice Lee. Mr. Davidson retired from the Meier, Johan, and Wengler Foundry in Cincinnati where he worked as a core maker. Elmer was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Sunman. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 11th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Sue Hacker officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Monday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Activity Fund of the Manderley Health Care Center in care of the funeral home.

 

Beulah E. Lamb, 97, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Morgantown, Indiana on January 9, 1916 the daughter of James and Belle Rhodes Whitaker. She was married to Keith Lamb on January 24, 1935 and he preceded her in death on February 19, 1990. Survivors include one son Larry (Patricia) Lamb of Poway, California; one daughter Margaret Evans of Greenwood; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Norma Bishop, and her son-in-law Donald Evans. Mrs. Lamb was a homemaker and a former employee of the Colonial Cottage Restaurant in Versailles. Beulah was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church near Osgood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 9th at 1pm 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 Saturday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.

 

Donald W. Gilland, 84, of Napoleon passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born near Napoleon on November 5, 1928 the son of Charles and Dora Schuerman Gilland. He was married to Mary Simon on October 22, 1952 and she survives. Other survivors include three sons Rick (Cindy) Gilland of Holton, Mark (Lorrie) Gilland, and Steve (Julie) Gilland both of Osgood; three daughters Debbie (Jerry) Potts of Brownsburg, Cindi (Rick) Ahlrich, and Joni (Carl) Lunsford both of Osgood; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Gilland, and his sisters Ethel Siebert, Dorothy Hicks, Myrtle Thomas, Norma Whisman, and Virginia Reisman. Mr. Gilland was a 1947 graduate of Napoleon High School and was a member of the Bearcatís basketball team who won both the County and Sectional championships in 1947. He was a lifetime dairy farmer and also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, having built his house and several outbuildings on his farm. Donald was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at 10am at St. Maurice Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services at 8pm. Memorials may be given to the St. Maurice new entrance project in care of the funeral home.

 

Denise Bottorff, 59, of Nebraska passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at her home. She was born in Columbus on March 17, 1954 the daughter of William and Geraldine Weddle Bottorff. Survivors include two sisters Carol Henderson of New Castle and Judy Ruggles of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews along with great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Denise was a1972 graduate of Jennings County High School. She was a former employee of the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center and was currently employed with Cummins Engine in Columbus. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Jennings County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Wilcie L. Rea, 97, of Dabney passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born near Dabney on the farm where he spent his entire life on September 3, 1916 the son of Herschel and Lula Semon Rea. He was married to Neva Jackson Laswell on June 6, 1953 and she preceded him in death on November 11, 2005. Survivors include one son Rev. Mearl (Beverly) Laswell of Billings, Missouri;  two daughters Marilyn (Robert) Adams of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and Myrna (Doug) Cox of Holton;  6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his grandson Douglas Mearl Laswell. Mr. Rea attended the Dabney School through the eighth grade and was a 1934 graduate of Holton High School and a 1939 graduate of Central Normal Teachers College in Danville. His teaching career spanned 40 years where he taught briefly at Milan and also at Zenas High School in Jennings County. The majority of his career was spent teaching typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping at Holton High School and also serving as school treasurer. After the consolidation of the Holton High School in 1969 he continued to teach at Holton on the junior high level until his retirement in 1978. He was also a farmer and had maintained the same blood line of shorthorn cattle started by his father in 1905. Mr. Rea was an 82 year member of the Dabney Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, a total of 60 years as church clerk, and for 46 years as a deacon. He was also active with menís work through the Indiana Baptist Convention and was former president of the Sandcreek Association ABM. Mr. Rea was also a member of the Indiana State Retired Teachers Association and the Ripley County Retired Teachers. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at 10:30am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Mearl Laswell and Rev. Michael Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp at Westport in care of the funeral home.

 

Peggy Ruse, 84, of Rexville passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born near Bryantsburg in Jefferson County on December 21, 1928 the daughter of Arthur and Lula Adams Housefield. She was married to Earl Ruse on July 11, 1959 and he preceded her in death on May 11, 1989. Survivors include one son Bill (Bronwen) Steele of Sydney, Australia; 6 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Merle Housefield, and her sisters Louise Farrell and Faye Geisler. Mrs. Ruse was a former employee of RCA in Indianapolis and was a homemaker. Peggy was a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 26th at 11am at the Cross Plains Church of Christ with Bro. Logan Fugate officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6pm 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 Cross Plains Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.

 

Fleeta Bell Smith, 77, of Versailles passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at her home. She was born near Vevay on August 4, 1936 the daughter of Leroy and Bernice Thornton Phillips. Survivors include one daughter Jodie Grossman of Versailles; two sons Tim Peters of Madison, and Duane Sizemore and companion Peggy Murray of Napoleon; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Lee Phillips. Mrs. Smith was a former employee of the Tyson Library in Versailles, Ripley Publishing, and retired from US Shoe in Osgood. Fleeta was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 18th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Barringer officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist ABY in care of the funeral home.

 

Lucille M. Adams, 93, of Cross Plains passed away Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Dillsboro Manor. She was born near Canaan in Jefferson County on November 15, 1919 the daughter of Joseph and Jesse Brooks Risk. On May 14, 1938 she was married to Floyd Roscoe Eades and in 1958 she was married to James L. Adams, both preceding her in death.  Survivors include one son Donald (Barbara) Eades of Cross Plains; granddaughters Karen (Mike) Feder and Laura (Chris) Hreno both of Noblesville; great-grandchildren Trey and Avery Feder, and Eli Hreno.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Kenneth,  her half-brother Victor Vanosdol, and her brother William Edward Risk. Mrs. Adams attended the Benham School and was a 1938 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She worked as a surgeonís assistant at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison and retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Training Center in Butlerville where she worked in the pharmacy. Lucille was a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ and enjoyed growing her flowers, watching birds, traveling, and spending time with her family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 10th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Elston of the Hebron Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Salem Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Lin Oatman Townsend, Daughter of Ruth & Ernie Oatman of Versailles, passed away on Aug. 17, 2013 in California.  A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Versailles Baptist Church with internment to follow in Cliff Hills Cemetery next to her parents.Her death was a shock to us all. She will be missed by her Son, Shawn, and her Grandsons - Nick & Josh, who loved her very much. She will also be missed by her sister Katie and her Family, as well as all her Friends.  Lin was a vital part of their lives. Linda Oatman (Lin) graduated in 1956 from Versailles High School.  In school she was very active as a cheerleader for the Lions, a band member, and a class leader.  Upon graduation she attended Indiana University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.  An excellent musician, she was the President of Tau Beta Sigma, a music sorority. Upon graduation from college Lin accepted a teaching position in California where she was an outstanding educator for more than 40 years.  Lin started teaching in K-8 and eventually settled in Junior High where she taught Math and Science.  For 15 years she was the President of her Teachers Union, negotiating contracts, serving on numerous committees on everything from curriculum development to building a new school. In the 1980ís she obtained her Masterís Degree in Administration from Pepperdine University.  She became a Principal of a 1-8 Academy and adult school program.  Throughout her teaching career she taught in an area which was predominately Hispanic speaking.  She often said working with at risk Kids in an area of gang culture was a long way from cruising the square in Versailles.  She excelled - receiving the California Teachers Association ďWe honor oursĒ leadership award as well as multiple awards for being recognized as a ďWoman LeaderĒ in Los Angeles County. Lin lived most of her life in West Covina, California.  In the early 70ís she married Jerry Townsend which ended in divorce but produced her son, and two grandsons who were the joy of her life. Despite her ďCalifornia dreaming,Ē her heart and favorite place for vacation was back in Versailles.  She came back each summer as she would often lament to ďget grounded once again in good mid west values.Ē

 

Marilyn A. Adams, 76, of North Vernon passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was born in Indianapolis on July 17, 1937 the daughter of Clarence and Rhoda Baker Dilk. She was married to Grover Adams in 1978 and he preceded her in death on October 3, 1991. Survivors include one daughter Tonya Kelly of Indianapolis; three sons Wesley (Kelley) Roy of Cape Coral, Florida, Von Porter and friend Tammy Stewart of Noblesville, and Robert Porter of North Vernon; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; three brothers Robert Dilk and friend Alfreda White of North Vernon, William (Melba) Dilk of Indianapolis, and Richard (Darlea) Dilk of Camby. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Clarence Dilk, Jr., and Donald Dilk. Mrs. Adams was a former employee of the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center where she worked in maintenance. She had also worked for RCA in Indianapolis and at the North Vernon Wal-Mart. Marilyn attended the North Vernon First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 31st at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.  Burial will be in the Marble Corner Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Marble Corner Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Ruth Sparks, 91, of Osgood passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Walnut Ridge, Tennessee on July 4, 1922 the daughter of Gus and Mittie Reaves McCarroll. She was married to Edward Sparks on September 4, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1991. Survivors include one daughter Carole (Leon) Thomas of Delano, Tennessee; two sons Mike (Georgia) Sparks of Osgood and Ken (Pam) Sparks of Crestview, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers John McCarroll of Denton, Texas and Thomas (Imogene) McCarroll of White Hall, Arkansas; one sister Mildred Byrd of Whitesburg, Tennessee. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Judy Lynn Sparks, her son Marion Sparks, and her brother Ralph McCarroll. Mrs. Sparks was a 60 year resident of Osgood and had been employed with the Dunbar & Bultman Restaurant in Osgood, the Delaney Wood Heel Factory in Versailles, as a cook at the Holton School, and retired from US Shoe in Osgood. Ruth was a 58 year member of the Dabney Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26 at 3pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be Monday from 1:30pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Baptist Church or the Greendale Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Irene Kocher, 76, of Indianapolis passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 at her home. She was born at Darfork in Perry County, Kentucky on December 12, 1936 the daughter of John and Kizzie Engle Watts. She was married to Richard Kocher on April 16, 1960 and he survives. Other survivors include one brother Jim (Mary Lou) Watts of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Ray, Cecil, David, and Russell Watts. Mrs. Kocher was a 1955 graduate of Versailles High School and was a former employee of Railroadmens Savings and Loan in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell of the Versailles Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery, Versailles.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Gertie Francis, 83, of Osgood passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Shelbyville on August 14, 1929 the daughter of Benjamin and Geneva Rich Dunbar. She was married to Hubert (Huck) Francis on July 18, 1948 and he survives. Other survivors include four daughters Gail (John) Bosley of Raleigh, North Carolina, Diana (Dan) Rimstidt of Loveland, Ohio, Cheryl (Ronald) Elff of Fishers, and Joy (Rich) Clark of St. Johns, Florida; five grandchildren Tiffany (Shannon) Dillmore of Raleigh, North Carolina, Devin Elff, Bryce Elff, and Jeremy Clark all of Fishers, and Alex Clark St. Johns, Florida; one great-grandson Brogan Dillmore. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother John Dunbar. Mrs. Francis was a 1946 graduate of Osgood High School and also graduated from the Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She worked for the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood from 1948 to 1951 and then became a full time homemaker and did seamstress work from her home. Gertie was a member of the Osgood United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 16th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Jenny Hizer officiating. Burial will be in the Mud Pike Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimerís Association or the Osgood United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Grover W. Fletcher, 73, of Versailles passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Cincinnati on October 24, 1939 the son of George and Elsie Deir Fletcher. He was married to Joyce Campbell on February 4, 1955 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons David (Tonya) Fletcher of Lawrenceburg and Timothy (Bev) Fletcher of Cincinnati; one daughter Vickie Fletcher of Versailles; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Matthew Willman, and his brother Robert Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher was a 36 year steel worker employee of Crown, Cork, and Seal in Cincinnati. Grover was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 12th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with calling beginning at 9am. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.

 

Clarence William English, 87 years and 8 months, was born December 27, 1925 in Miamisburg, Ohio. He died August 6, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at his home near Holton, after battling brain cancer for several months. He was the son of John Henry English and Rachel Ann (Miller) English, both deceased. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Margaret (Sizemore) English, two daughters and their husbands, Karen Sue (David) Reynolds of Holton, and Wanda Renee (Jerry) Burnett of Leesburg, Florida. Grandchildren include Karen's children: Derrick (Stacy) Reynolds (stepson) of Greensburg and Melanie (Leslie) Bird of Versailles; Wanda's children: Rachel (Eric) Grossman of Holton and Gara Lee (Shaun) Kreider of Holton. Great grandchildren are Jacob Marvin Grossman, Grace English Grossman, and Keegan Jerry Kreider. Other survivors include one niece, Sharon (Andy) Ceranowicz, of Harvard, Massachusetts, and one nephew, Paul Wayne English of Seattle, Washington.  English attended the North Vernon Church of the Nazarene and had a strong faith in God. Over the years, he served in various churches in a variety of ways. He was a World War II veteran, serving with distinction in the Army from 1945-1948, receiving the Victory Medal and an Army of Occupation Medal. Sergeant English was a squad leader with the 1st Constabulary Brigade in Germany. He also owned and operated his own business, English Ignition, fixing mostly generators, starters, and alternators not only in the Holton area, but received work from all around the United States for over 50 years. Clarence English, along with his friend, Paul Scholle, was instrumental in forming and hosting the Ripley Flywheeler's Reunion, held on his property every August, for about 23 years.  In 1999, he was named Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, August 9, from 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10-11 a.m. at the Versailles Church of Christ on Saturday. A homecoming service will be held at the Versailles Church of Christ on Saturday, August 10, at 11 a.m. Military rites will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion at the Hopewell Cemetery.  Everyone is invited to celebrate his life. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.skfuneralhome.com

 

Faron Smith, 40, of Madison passed away on July 22, 2013. He was born in Manitoba, Canada on April 21, 1973. Survivors include his father Lloyd Smith of Versailles, his mother Tina (Kim) Brinson of Versailles, step-mother Peggy Smith of Madison,brother Luke Smith, step-brothers Aaron Costin, and Josh Simm, step-sister Carrie Costin;  grandparents Robert and Esther Smith, and Leola Brinson  of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer Smith, and his grandparents Leona LaPorte and Leroy Tubbs. Faron was a 1991 graduate of South Ripley High School and was a member of the Ojibwa Indian Tribe in Canada. Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 2nd at 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4pm until time of services.

 

Truly L. Draut, 94, of Benham passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Delaware on October 4, 1918 the daughter of Fred and Margaret Michel Schmidt. She was married to Jennings Draut on  June 9, 1945 and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2007. Survivors include nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Lawrence Schmidt and William Schmidt, and her sisters Rhoda Mae Fox, Bertha Heimsath, and Gladys Staeuble. Mrs. Draut was a 1937 graduate of Delaware-Jackson (Napoleon) High School and attended the Central Beauty College in Indianapolis. She had owned and operated a beauty shop in Napoleon and was also a former employee of the White Pine Restaurant in Versailles. She and Jennings had also operated a lunch room and filling station in Penntown. Truly was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where she had served as the churchís librarian. She was also a member of the Benham Home Ec Club and the Ripley County Historical Society. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 4th at 2pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Dennis Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery, Olean. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1pm until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the donorís choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

 James Kirby Brooks, 83, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Woodland Hills in Lawrenceburg. He was born in Jefferson County near Canaan on December 13, 1929 the son of James and Ethel Miller Brooks. Survivors include one daughter Jackie Meadows of Greensburg; two sisters, Elizabeth (Robert) Whitham of Madison and Elsie Freudenstein of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his brother Curtis Whitham and his sisters Edna Mae Collier, Doris Brooks, and Virginia Brinson. Mr. Brooks was a retired truck driver, and was an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Kirby was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ, Napoleon VFW, and the Versailles American Legion. Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 19th at 11:30am at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery with Dale Day officiating. Military graveside rites will be offered by the Madison American Legion. Visitation will be Friday from 10am to 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.

 

Jack Lee Mote, 57, of Versailles, passed away Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at Columbus Regional Hospital. He was born in Seymour, Indiana on July 28, 1955 the son of Frank Mote and Gertrude Roberts Allee. Survivors include one daughter Alina (Clint) Sarringhaus of Napoleon, 10 grandchildren; Joseph, Tristen, Grayson, Logan, Kylie, Ayden, Audrey, Elliott, Cy and Camdyn; two brothers Gayle (Mary) Litton of Martinsville and Butch (Lisa) Allee of Versailles; nine sisters Betty (Jerry) Wright of Indianapolis, Pat (Kelly) Clark of Chester, Ohio, Roberta (Virgil) Meeker of North Vernon, Nita (Walt) Hoyt of Columbus, Martha Osborne of Stockdale, Texas, Cindy (Wayne) Vanosdol of Holton, Alice ( Danny) Beach of Holton, Bessie Mullins of Bloomington, Sue (Harvey) McDougall of Martinsville, Indiana . He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Duard Litton, five sisters; Dorothy Litton, Drucilla Gerries, Ilona Hendricks, Karen Barrett and Ruth Large.  Mr. Mote worked for Grover Miller Construction. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 15th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10am until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.

 

Caroline C. McCarty, 65, of Versailles passed away Monday, July 1, 2013 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in the Tanglewood Community near Versailles on October 6, 1947 the daughter of Lee and Mary Ann Firth Strubbe. She was married to Jack McCarty on March 25, 1970 and he survives. Other survivors include three sons Brian (Mary) McCarty, Brad (Elizabeth) McCarty, and Tyler McCarty and his companion Ashley all of Versailles; five grandchildren Abby, Connor, Cameron, Emma, and Tanner McCarty; two brothers Robert (Mary) Strubbe of Versailles and Stephen (Madeline) Strubbe of Summerville, South Carolina; one sister Judith Smith of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Firth Shelpman. Mrs. McCarty was a 1965 graduate of Versailles High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ball State University in 1974. She was an elementary teacher at Cross Plains and Moores Hill and had finished her teaching career at the Aurora Elementary School. Caroline was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church and the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 6th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Becky Pohle officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrigs Disease) or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Rea Carroll, 92, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born in the Tanglewood Community near Versailles on July 9, 1920 the son of Orval and Audra Rea Carroll. He was married to Henrietta Moeller on October 25, 1947 and his wife of 65 years survives. Other survivors include two sons Dr. Michael (Marsha) Carroll of Dayton, Ohio, and Dennis (Debbie) Carroll of Osgood; one daughter Marilyn Carroll of Naples, Florida; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his great-grandson Chase Carroll, and his sisters Margaret Henneke, Mabel Barth, and Jean Chalk. Mr. Carroll was a 1937 graduate of Osgood High School. He spent his entire life farming and he and Henrietta were well known throughout the state for their herd of Angus show cattle. Rea was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood, the American Angus Association, and was a former member of the Farm Bureau. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at 10am at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services at 4:30pm. Memorials may be given to St. Johnís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Naomi Baker, 82, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Versailles on August 2, 1930 the daughter of William and Lillian Aikins Thomas.  She was married to Hiram Baker on November 8, 1952 and he preceded her in death on October 19, 2010. Survivors include one son Ken (Kim) Baker of Aurora; two grandchildren Phillip (Erin) Baker of Connersville, and Emily (Corey) McDarmett of Madison; great-grandchildren Riley Baker, and Chase, Grady, and Payton McDarmett. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Betty Monroe. Mrs. Baker was a 1948 graduate of Versailles High School and also the Indiana Beautician College in Indianapolis. She was a self-employed beautician and had operated shops in Milan and Versailles. Naomi was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 21st at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Visitation will also be Friday at the church beginning at 9am. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist or the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Estill King, Jr., 83, of Dabney passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. He was born at Combs in Perry County, Kentucky on January 9, 1930 the son of Estill Sr. and Eunice Fletcher King. He was married to Norma Sizemore on November 25, 1953 and she survives. Other survivors include four sons Jerry (Felicia) King of Dallas, Texas, Steve (Bambi) King, Daniel King, and Phil (Kelly) King all of Dabney; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; three sisters Ruby (Dan) Herald of Lexington, Kentucky, Maxine Morris of Middletown, Ohio, and Louise (James) Conway of Lebanon, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Vicki Kay King. Mr. King was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War where he served from 1948 to 1952 as a pipefitter on the USS Collett. He was a former employee of the Magnod Foundry in Middletown, Ohio and had retired as a maintenance supervisor with ITT Thompson in North Vernon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 15th at 1pm at the Dabney Baptist Church with calling from 11am until time of services. Burial will be in the Dabney Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

C. Raymond Geisler, 85, of Correct passed away Monday, June 3, 2013 at his home. He was born near Madison on August 9, 1927 the son of Freddie and Helen Day Geisler. He was married to Esther Werner on September 18, 1948 and she survives. Other survivors include one son John (Lisa) Geisler of Benham; one daughter Melissa (Steve) Spencer of Lawrenceburg; daughter-in-law Mary Ann Geisler of Versailles; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons William and Richard Geisler, grandsons Joseph and Brian Geisler, and his sister Eleanor Whitaker. Mr. Geisler was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. During WWII he served in the Army for 18 months. For 12 months he served in the Occupational Forces in the Philippines. He spent his lifetime farming and was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Raymond enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8th at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Rev. Dennis Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Improvement Fund or the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Hubert L. Jackson, 82, of Versailles passed away Monday, June 3, 2013 at his home. He was born near Versailles on November 13, 1930 the son of Marshall and Estella Fox Jackson. He was married to Eva Fern Ricketts at the Tanglewood Baptist Church on October 21, 1950 and she survives. Other survivors include three granddaughters Dawn (Steve) Powaga of San Francisco, Holly Wehr and her fiancť Jordan Harley of Versailles, and Libby Wehr of Indianapolis; one great-granddaughter Eva Lou Powaga; two brothers Kenneth Jackson of Osgood and Marion (Jaleh) Jackson of Terre Haute; also his brother-in-law Dale Ricketts of Edgewood, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law Candy and Greg Wehr, his parents, his brother Willard Jackson, and his sisters Neva Rea, Margaret Rullman, and Ruth Carter. Mr. Jackson was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he attained the rank of Corporal and received the National Defense Service Medal. He worked in Naval Avionics for 8 years and was employed with the Jefferson Proving Ground for 14 years where he worked in the ammunition plant and was a painter. Above all of his jobs though farming and raising his cattle was what he loved. Hubert was a 65 year member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Versailles American Legion, and the Hart-Parr Oliver Tractor Collectorís Club. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 7th at 11am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church with Rev. Stephen Mullins 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 in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Baptist Church, Tanglewood Cemetery, or the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation in care of the funeral home.

 

Victor Fred Henry Schwanholt, 91, of Versailles passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born near Cross Plains on July 22, 1921 the son of John and Alma Steingruber Schwanholt. He was married to Virginia Sedam on August 30, 1947 and she preceded him in death on March 2, 1990. Survivors include five sons Dennis (Janet) Schwanholt of Versailles, David (Carol) Schwanholt of Milan, Dale (Linda) Schwanholt of Osgood, Darrell Schwanholt of Benham, and Doug (Hope) Schwanholt of Olean; three daughters Lois (Ralph) Vogel of Benham, Linda (Mark) Darnstaedt of Georgetown, and Lisa (Rob) Vestal of Benham; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his daughter-in-law Jo Ann Schwanholt, his brothers Edward and Walter Schwanholt, and his sister Meta Thieman. Mr. Schwanholt was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with the 328th Hospital Battalion as a surgical technician. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the American Victory Medal. He worked in sanitation and warehouse maintenance for Seagrams in Lawrenceburg from 1953 to 1985 and was also a farmer. Mr. Schwanholt enjoyed his large family, loved John Deere tractors, and also enjoyed his farm and working with his animals. Victor was a lifetime member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 6th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Richard Wilkie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. 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 St. Paulís Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Virginia Collins, 83, of Madison formerly of Versailles passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Parnell, Kentucky on February 2, 1930 the daughter of Powers and Leslie McGuire. She was married to Jesse Mains and he precedes her in death. Survivors include one son Danny (Betty) Mains of Versailles; two daughters Retha (Harry) Bishofberger of Madison and Penny (Roy) Collins of Butlerville; twelve grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren: three sisters Audrey Isner, Velma Dobson, Helen Commer; two brothers Vesco and Earl McGuire all of Monticello, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, and one sister. Mrs. Collins was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church at Negangards Corner. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 3rd, at 2pm at the West Fork Baptist Cemetery with Karen Reynolds of the West Fork Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 1pm till the time of service.   

 

Marie M Rhodes, 80, of Milan passed away Monday, May 27th, 2013 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born at Rushville on September 14th, 1932 the daughter of Tellas J. and Martha June Medsker Rhodes. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Eileen B Rhodes and Martha Ann Walton, one nephew, and one great nephew. Ms. Rhodes worked for the Osgood Shoe Factory and retiring in 1992 after 27 years. Marie was a member of the St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood and she loved listening and watching the Cincinnati Reds. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Father Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10am until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Jon G. Elam, 58, of Versailles passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Silver Memories Nursing Home near Versailles. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on May 9, 1955 the son of Karl and Ruth Geraldine (Gerri) Worley Vessel Elam. He was married to Terri Billger on June 9, 2006 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Nicole Elam of Madison and Mikayla Elam at home; one step-daughter Kendra Craig of Naples, Florida; one brother Wayne (Liz) Elam of Pensacola, Florida; two sisters Rhonda (Jeff) Makstaller and Pat Devaud both of Dillsboro; 4 grandchildren; his mother-in-law Jeris Billger of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Jackie Rosier. Mr. Elam was an independent drywall contractor having done the drywall and finish work on several homes in the Versailles area. A celebration of Jonís life will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 3pm at the home of Jeff and Rhonda Makstaller at 15565 Boyd Road in Dillsboro. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Maxine L. Creigmile, 73, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Pierceville on January 16, 1940 the daughter of Elza and Ida Meyer Cash. She was married to Kenneth Creigmile on January 3, 1959 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Jeff (Cindy) Creigmile of Centerville, and Steve Creigmile of Versailles; two daughters Julie (Mark) Franklin of Holton, and Cathy Creigmile of Florence, Kentucky; six grandchildren Adam Cregimile of St. Cloud, Florida, Brian Baugh of Bridgetown, Ohio, Caleb Creigmile with the United States Marines stationed at Camp Lejune, North Carolina, Isaac and Jacob Creigmile both of Centerville, and Ashlinn Hubbard of Florence, Kentucky; 3 great-grandchildren; one sister Betty Myers of Aurora. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Earl Cash. Mrs. Creigmile was raised in Osgood and was a 1958 graduate of Osgood High School. She received her degree from Marian College and was a registered nurse for 20 years working at Muscatatuck and also the Decatur County Hospital. She was also an avid bird watcher and had attended bird watching gatherings in Tennessee and New York. Maxine was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 29th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Buck of the Osgood First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery or Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Geraldine Pettit, 86, of Versailles, formerly of Osgood passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 at her home. She was born in Bedford on February 7, 1927. She was married to Dallas Robertson on January 10, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 12, 1977. She was married to Herman Pettit on June 20, 1992 and he preceded her in death on March 18, 2007. Survivors include two sons Douglas (Dawn) Robertson of Indianapolis and Mark (Melody) Robertson of Bargersville; one daughter Janice (Willy) Watts of Madison; one step-son Richie (Darlene) Pettit of Osgood; two step-daughters Jerri (Doug) Thayer of Osgood and Darinda Peetz of Napoleon; three grandchildren Ginger (Shannon) Lindsey of Madison, Justin Robertson, and Ally Robertson both of Indianapolis; 5 great-grandchildren; three brothers Patrick Wilson of Odon, Don (Sandy) Wilson, and Russell (Barb) Wilson both of Indianapolis; one sister Sally Curran of Indianapolis. She was also preceded in death by her sister Mary Baugh. Mrs. Pettit was a 1945 graduate of Bedford High School. She was a former employee of Purdumís Grocery in Versailles, Versailles IGA, Akers Service Station and the ďFill UpĒ Restaurant in Versailles, and was also a driver for Indiana Green Thumb. Geraldine was a member of the First Baptist Church in Osgood, the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary, and the Ripley County Red Hatters. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 19th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Buck officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Osgood First Baptist Church or the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Alice C. Arend, 95, of Orlando, Florida passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She was born in Elizabeth, Indiana on May 27, 1918 the daughter of Albert and Estella Funk Cotner. She was married to William Arend on October 10, 1941 and he preceded her in death on January 28, 1981. Survivors include three sons William S. (Sam) Arend of Grapevine, Texas, Robert (Carol) Arend of The Woodlands, Texas, and John Arend of Casselberry, Florida; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister Anita Norris. Mrs. Arend was a homemaker and was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Winter Park, Florida. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 18th at 11am at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Aubrey ďHowardĒ Souder, 78, of New Marion passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born in Corinth, Kentucky on October 29, 1934 the son of Aubrey and Grace Howard Souder. He was married to Dolores Meisberger on December 8, 1988 and she survives. Other survivors include three sons Robert (Terri) Souder of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Richard (Tammy) Souder, and Rodney (Pam) Souder both of Paducah, Kentucky; one daughter Patty (Dale) Grimm also of Paducah; step-daughter Regina Allison of New Marion; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Wanda and Lois. Mr. Souder worked for many years as a sales representative for HH Gregg in Indianapolis. He served in the US Navy from 1953 to 1957 and received the Good Conduct Medal. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery at Madison with full military honors. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Eunice D. Ledford, 73, of Canaan passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Ross Manor in Dillsboro. He was born at Trixie in Clay County, Kentucky on March 19, 1940 the son of Pearl and Lillie Colwell Ledford. Survivors include four brothers Charles (Pauline) Ledford of Englewood, Ohio, Arvil (Geraldine) Ledford of Dayton, Ohio, Seldon (Delores) Ledford of Crete, Illinois, and Hubert (Debbie) Ledford of Eaton, Ohio; one sister Donnetta (David) Pool of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother J. M. Ledford, and his sisters Mary Ledford and Bettie Bishop. Mr. Ledford was a self employed truck driver, retiring in 1982. Eunice attended the First Baptist Church in Dillsboro. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Sherman Hughes of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm until time of services. Graveside services will be held Friday at 12 pm at the Laurel Point Cemetery near Oneida, Kentucky. Memorials may be given to Child Evangelism Fellowship in care of the funeral home.

 

William K. Uhlman, 84, of Cross Plains passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013 at his home. He was born at Cross Plains on October 17, 1928 the son of John and Coral Acre Uhlman. He was married to Betty Large on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Osgood and she preceded him in death on April 30, 2010. Survivors include one daughter Lynn Ann Uhlman of Cross Plains and her fiancť Damon Feerer of Madison; one granddaughter Erica Anne (Kyle) Bechman of Cross Plains; one great-grandson J. W. Bechman. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Uhlman was a 1946 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1957 with the 503rd MP Battalion assigned to General Pattonís Third Army. Bill, along with his father, owned and operated Uhlmanís Garage and Service Station, Uhlmanís Feed and Grain, and Uhlmanís Mower Sales all in Cross Plains. He and Betty owned The Antique Barn in Cross Plains and they had traveled all across the United States buying and selling antiques. He was the former manager of the Ranch Supermarket in Madison and later worked at the Harvest Supermarket in Greensburg. He had also been employed with the Jay C Food Stores, helped start the Foods Plus in Madison, and at the time of his death was an 18 year employee with Wal-Mart in Madison. Bill was a member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8th at 11am at the Cross Plains United Methodist Church with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the church 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. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains United Methodist Cemetery, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Timothy David Chandler, 53, of Cross Plains passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Jennings St. Vincent Hospital in North Vernon. He was born at Lawrenceburg on February 29, 1960 the son of David and Anita McCauley Chandler. Survivors include his parents David and Anita Chandler of Cross Plains; one brother Jeff (Danielle) Chandler of Cross Plains; nephews Tim (Erin) Chandler of Madison, Charles (Ashley) Chandler of Louisville, and Dylan (Laura) Chandler of Cross Plains. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Thurman and Mabel Chandler and Albert and Twila McCauley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27th at 12pm at the Cross Plains Church of Christ with Bros. Jeff Chandler and Logan Fugate officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Salem Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.

 

Eva L. Goodpaster, 88, of Versailles passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County on May 4, 1924 the daughter of Chance and Blanche Spencer Steele. She was married to Frank Goodpaster on April 21, 1942 and he preceded her in death on September 5, 1989. Survivors include three sons Frank (Paula) Goodpaster of Napoleon, Keith Goodpaster of Versailles, and Randy (Penny) Goodpaster of Greensburg; one daughter Debbie (Don) Vogeler of Versailles; 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; one brother Sam Steele of Little Rock, Arkansas. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Richard, her daughter Nancy, and her sisters Agnes Lovins and Jenola Marsh. Mrs. Goodpaster was employed with US Shoe in Osgood for 17 years. She had also been employed with Civil Service and during WWII she worked at Kemper-Thomas in Norwood, Ohio where she inspected gas masks used during the war. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Roger Dean officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Frances L. Wingate, 79, of Holton passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was born at Osgood on July 26, 1933 the daughter of Wilbur and Audrey Morris Wilson. She was married to William Wingate on March 15, 1952 and he preceded her in death on October 16, 1983. Survivors include one son Tom (Penny) Wingate of North Vernon; five daughters Bonnie (Robert L.) McIntosh of Holton, Katherine (Tony) Martin of Versailles, Rebecca Wingate of Holton, Mary Heidorn of Versailles, and Patty (Brian) Pollitt of Connersville; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one sister Loretta Burton of Versailles; one brother Delbert Wilson of North Vernon. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Bud, Ronnie, and Gary Wilson. Mrs. Wingate was a custodian for the Holton and South Ripley Elementary Schools. She had also operated the Small Sprout Greenhouse in Holton. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Holton Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Albin E. Waldbillig, Jr., 57, of Cincinnati passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Hospice of Cincinnati. He was born in Cincinnati on June 22, 1955 the son of Albin Sr. and Mary Ann Tierney Waldbillig. He was married to Nancy Black of Versailles on May 30, 1980 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Mary Ann Waldbillig of Cincinnati; three sons Albin Waldbillig III, Jacob Waldbillig, and Nicholas Waldbillig all of Cincinnati; two brothers Gerald (Tawni) Waldbillig of New Mexico and James (Sandy) Waldbillig of Cincinnati; two sisters Janice (Jim) Groh and Jennifer (Rob) Pippin both of Cincinnati. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Waldbillig was a 1973 graduate of Purcell-Marion High School and received his BA in philosophy from Xavier University. Al was a registered nurse and had also graduated from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing. He was employed with Alternate Solutions Home Care in Cincinnati and was a former employee of Childrenís Hospital, Shriners Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Choice Care Insurance, and Option Care Walgreens all in Cincinnati. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 8th at 12pm at the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Cincinnati with Rev. Rachel Billups officiating. Visitation will be held on at the church from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Shiloh United Methodist Church or the Versailles (IN) American Legion in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Lovella ďLucilleĒ Maxwell, 90, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison. She was born at Delmar in Pulaski County, Kentucky on November 25, 1922 the daughter of Zeno and Clyda Floyd Sharp. She was married to James Dunagan on December 24, 1940 and he preceded her in death on September 16, 1958. In 1963 she married Harry Maxwell and he preceded her in death on March 1, 1997. Survivors include six sons Orville (Vickie) Dunagan of Madison, Hubert (Shirley) Dunagan of Whitehouse, Tennessee, James (Phyllis) Dunagan of Scipio, Farris (Judy) Dunagan and Larry (Connie) Dunagan both of Osgood, and Kurt (Melissa) Dunagan of Benham; two daughters Teresa (Garry) Ingram of Columbia City and Angela Dunagan of North Vernon; 22 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren; two brothers Ivan Sharp and James (Creta) Sharp both of Miamisburg, Ohio; two sisters-in-law Lois Sharp of Berne and Gladys Sharp of Boswell. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Roy, Ralph, and Parker Sharp. Mrs. Maxwell grew up in southern Kentucky where she learned to love cooking and canning at an early age. She also enjoyed her family, farming, gardening, and watching her hummingbirds. She retired in 1979 from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center where she worked as a dietitian. Lovella was a member of the Osgood United Methodist Church and the Osgood-Versailles Chapter of the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 6th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Ginny Hizer of the Osgood United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Kentucky. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm with Eastern Star services to be conducted at 7:30pm. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Osgood United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Nettie J. Grigsby, 84, of Versailles passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Thornton Terrace in Hanover. She was born near New Marion on June 25, 1928 the daughter of Rufus and Lilla Brown Myers. She was married to Herbert Grigsby on February 27, 1951 and he preceded her in death on November 1, 2005. Survivors include three daughters Onita (Daniel) Stephan of Madison, Valerie (Robert) Miller of Hanover, and Debbie (Robert) Harting of Versailles; grandchildren Karrie (Scott) Miller of Hanover, Tara (Ben) McKay and Damon (Mary) Stephan both of Madison, Andrea (Kevin) Sanders of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Amanda (Jim) Edmonson of Vincennes, and Ashli (Eric) Monroe of Sullivan; 5 great-grandchildren; one sister Rose (David) Burress of New Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Tommy, grandson Danny Jo Stephan, her brothers Russell, David, and Charles Myers, and her sisters Mabel Sexton, Leah Swinney, Betty Kieffer, ad Mary Jo Lauber. Mrs. Grigsby was a 1946 graduate of New Marion High School and retired in 1978 after 32 years with Seagrams. Nettie was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 3rd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with her son-in-law Rev. Robert Harting 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 in care of the funeral home.

 

Gay White, 81, of Versailles passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born near Dabney on July 18, 1931 the daughter of Luther and Emma Ensminger Pickett. She was married to Ed White on December 6, 1949 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Rocky (Susie) White of Napoleon and Roger White of Osgood; three daughters Joyce (Jim) Youngman of Osgood, Linda (Bill) Brewer and Bonnie (Mike) Raney both of Versailles; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother Everett (Gail) Pickett of Florida.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Dale Pickett and Hillis Pickett. Mrs. White was a 1949 graduate of Holton High School. She was a homemaker, had worked for US Shoe in Osgood, and did babysitting. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at 2pm 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 Wednesday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home

 

Rich Geisler, 60, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his home. He was born at Batesville on July 1, 1952 the son of Raymond and Esther Werner Geisler. He was married to Mary Ann Ellison on August 8, 1975 and she survives. Other survivors include his parents Raymond and Esther Geisler of Versailles; his son Danny (Liz) Geisler of Versailles; his  brother John (Lisa) Geisler of Versailles; his sister Melissa (Steve) Spencer of Lawrenceburg; his mother-in-law Janet Ellison of Leesburg, and his brother-in-law Kent Ellison of Muncie. He was preceded in death by his sons Joseph Andrew Geisler and Brian Nicholas Geisler and his brother William David Geisler. Mr. Geisler was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School and received his Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Mechanization from Purdue University in 1974. He had farmed his entire life and in his spare time enjoyed golfing. Rich was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Olean where he had served on the Church Council. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Olean with Pastor Dennis Zimmerman and Dr. Marcus Felde officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Paulís Cemetery, St. Paulís Improvement Fund, or the Versailles Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Wilbur F. Luers, 91, of Versailles, formerly of Sunman passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at St. Andrewís Health Campus at Batesville. He was born near Versailles on February 26, 1922 the son of Conrad and Emma Schierenback Luers. He was married to Dorothy Pratt on October 21, 1943 and she preceded him in death on March 29, 1995. Survivors include two sons Jerry (Pat) Luers of Morris and Keith (Mary Ann) Luers of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two daughters Peggy Luers of Sacramento, California and Freda Luers of Terre Haute; five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ray Luers of Oklahoma and Gilbert Luers of Jacksonville, Florida. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Jason Luers, his sister Ruth Narwold, and his brothers Robert Luers and Clifford Luers.  He was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with the 6th AART Battalion and was a farmer, a former manager for the Ripley County Farm Bureau Co-Op in Osgood and Sunman, and had driven a school bus for the Sunman-Dearborn and South Ripley schools. Wilbur was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and a former member of the Sunman Community Church and was also a member of the Versailles American Legion. Mr. Luers had served as a 4-H leader for several years in Penntown and Osgood. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 18th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles or from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Versailles Baptist ABY in care of the funeral home.

 

Randy J. ďBearĒ Bush, 57, of Aurora passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Evansville. He was born at Batesville on January 11, 1956 the son of Wilford and Laura Mae Lauber Bush. Survivors include his companion Tammy Brown; one brother Jeremy Bush of Holton; one sister Mari Jo (Steve) Butler of Columbus; nieces Adrienne Butler of Carmel and Katherine Butler of Indianapolis; his nephew Dakota Fraley of Holton. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Bush was a 1974 graduate of South Ripley High School and was an avid biker. He was employed with Harsco Construction where he worked as a labor foreman. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 12pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Heart Association or Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Carol Sporleder Stratton, 77, of Holton passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana at Columbus. She was born near Zenas in Jennings County on April 2, 1935 the daughter of Denver and Helen Ponsler Baldwin. She was married to Paul Sporleder on June 26, 1955 and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1981. She married Leslie Stratton, Sr. on February 12, 1983 and he preceded her in death on November 1, 2001. Survivors include three sons David (Mickey) Sporleder, Dwayne (Patty) Sporleder, and Donald (Robin) Sporleder all of North Vernon; step-children Barbara (Chuck) Stevenson of Indianapolis, Sam (Jamie) Stratton of Lafayette, Leslie Jr. (Vernice) Stratton, and Mike (Janine) Stratton both of Holton; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; one brother Marvin(Mary Lou) Baldwin of Ft. Myers, Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Daryl, and her grandsons Ryan Stevenson and Scott Stratton. Mrs. Stratton was a 1953 graduate of North Vernon High School and attended Ball State University. She was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church where she served as church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, choir director, church pianist, and participated in the ABWM. She was a member of the Columbia Afternoon Extension Homemakers Club, a former member of the Zenas Baptist Church, and was currently serving as president of the Sandcreek Association ABWM. In her spare time, Carol enjoyed her many grandchildren, her extended family, playing the accordion, and hosting weekly card parties. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 15th at 10am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Cole and Rev. Chad Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Westport Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Dabney Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Timothy Curtis Bowman, 17, of the Flat Rock community near Osgood passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born at Batesville on October 20, 1995 the son of Tim and Pat Pennington Bowman. Survivors include his parents, brothers Keith Bowman at home and Michael Orr of Osgood; sisters Tiffany Orr and companion J. T. Barrett of Holton and Krista Bowman at home; maternal grandmother Juanita Pennington of Medora; paternal grandmother Eileen Bowman of Dillsboro; aunts and uncles Shirley (Troy) Thayer of Harrison, Ohio, Debbie (George) Bundunah of Dillsboro, Janet Bomberger of Texas, Joyce Smith of Kentucky, Dennis (Debbie) Pennington, and Richard (Chara) Pennington both of Orleans. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Bill Bowman and Raymond Pennington. Curtis was a junior at South Ripley where he participated in the FFA and had won forestry awards on the state level. He enjoyed coon hunting, deer hunting, and worked for his dad their tree trimming business. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 12th at 10:30am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4pm to 8pm also at the Hopewell Baptist Church and from 9:30am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Samantha Rae Hansen, 18, of Holton passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident. She was born in Greensburg on July 14, 1994 the daughter of Matthew and Jenny Wahl Hansen. Survivors include her parents, sisters Amanda Hansen and Nikki Hansen; maternal grandmother Henrietta Wahl of Holton; maternal grandfather George Wahl, Jr. of Osgood; paternal grandparents Richard and Pauletta Hansen of Holton; aunts and uncles George (Joyce) Wahl of Versailles, Tom (Melissa) Menchhofer of Holton, and Jason (Monica) Hansen of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Rita Hansen. Samantha was a senior at South Ripley where she participated in the science, Spanish, SADD, drama, math, and social studies clubs and was also a member of the band. She was also a member of the student council, served as president of the FFA, and was a member and president of the Country Critters 4-H club. She was second runner-up in the state FFA sweetheart contest, participated in quiz bowl, tractor, and recently took place in ďkiss the duckĒ. She also participated in the Jac-Cen-Del Engineering Club where she flew radio controlled airplanes. Samantha was a part of the technology program at the Southeastern Career Center where she had obtained first aid and CPR certification. She had been accepted to IUPUC for the fall of 2013 where she planned to study nursing. Samantha was also a member of the First Southern Baptist Church at Versailles where she participated in the church choir. She was employed for the last two years with Gold Star Chili in Versailles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at 10:30am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Carter Corbrey officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm also at the Hopewell Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to the First Southern Baptist Church at Versailles in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Jacob Russell Vogel, 18, of Versailles passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born at Lawrenceburg on July 31, 1994 the son of Brian and Ann Sieverding Vogel. Survivors include his parents; two brothers Matthew Vogel who is serving with the US Marines, stationed at Camp Lejune, North Carolina, and Luke Vogel at home; one sister Jessica Vogel also at home; paternal grandparents Jerry and Joyce Vogel of Versailles; maternal grandparents Henry and Thelma Sieverding of Farmers Retreat; aunts and uncles Maria Sieverding and Teresa Meyer both of Dillsboro, Keith (Beth) Sieverding of Dewberry, Ben (Karen) Sieverding of Versailles, Mike Sieverding of Milhousen, Shanda (Andy) Beach of Holton, and Ruth (Mark) Kieffer of Friendship. Jacob was a junior at South Ripley where he participated in the FFA and attended the Southeastern Career Center in emergency services. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church at Milan and was a cadet with the Friendship Fire Department. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at 1pm at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 9pm at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rosary services open to the public at 4:45pm. Memorials may be given to the South Ripley FFA or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Gilbert G. Stamper, 75, of Batavia, Ohio passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Atrium Medical Center in Franklin, Ohio. He was born at Lusby Mill in Owen County, Kentucky on December 22, 1937 the son of Hugh and Ruby Stephens Stamper. Survivors include his companion Theresa Becker; one son Michael (Debbie) Stamper of Jupiter, Florida; three daughters Trina (Paul) Brandon of Versailles, Michelle Stamper and companion Gary Brunsman of Middletown, Ohio, and Angela Stamper of LaPorte, Texas; Theresaís children Christina and Joshua; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; three brothers Hugh (Arbutus) Stamper of Louisville, Estel (Linda) Stamper of Sunman, and Daniel Stamper of Port Republic, Maryland; four sisters Beulah (Gene) Sorrell of Carlisle, Ohio, Georgia (David) Phillips of Milan, and Ella (Glen) Walters and Glenna (Roger) Fassald both of Sunman. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Lloyd. Mr. Stamper retired in 1998 after 44 years with Institutional Industries in Cincinnati. He was a member and past president of the Newport, Kentucky Eagles Lodge. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9th at 4pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with David Phillips officiating. Visitation will be from 2pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the foundations of the Atrium Medical Center or Margaret Mary Community Hospital in care of the funeral home.

 

Pauline Linkmeyer, 81, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born near Farmers Retreat on July 12, 1931 the daughter of Martin and Hulda Ewell Kuhlman. She was married to Charles Linkmeyer on June 24, 1950 and he preceded her in death on November 7, 2009. Survivors include one son Ronald (Janet) Linkmeyer of Friendship; one daughter Teresa (Mark) Fender of Bloomington; 3 grandchildren Jodi Linkmeyer of San Antonio, Texas, Eric (Monica) Adams of Vallonia, and Holly Gieb of Santa Barbara, California; two great-grandchildren; three sisters Viola (Norman) Dresselhaus of Friendship, Alvera Hockemeyer of Monroeville, and Melba Schulenburg of Tipton. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Norman, Edgar, and Harold Kuhlman. Mrs. Linkmeyer  was a 1949 graduate of Dillsboro High School. She had worked full and part time for 45 years for the Friendship State Bank in data processing and also as an assistant cashier, retiring in 1993. Pauline was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat and served on the board of directors for the Tyson and Colonial Manors in Versailles. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9th at 11am at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat with Rev. Garry Wickert and Rev. Richard Wilke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Johnís Lutheran Church or cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Marjorie Wilson, 88, of Versailles passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Shelbyville on August 6, 1924 the daughter of Lowell and Nellie Huber Purcell. She was married to Loyd Wilson on June 17, 1942 and he preceded her in death on December 13, 1988. Survivors include two sons Ronald (Shirley) Wilson of Carmel and Jerry (Janice) Wilson of Versailles; four grandchildren Joshua (Tia) Wilson of Walton, Kentucky, Joanna Wilson of New Orleans, Ronna (John) Fruth of Plymouth, and Renne (Brian) Kilburn of Noblesville; great-grandchildren David and Abigail Fruth, and Lauren, Aiden, Emma, and Drake Kilburn; one brother Rufus (Sue) Purcell of Milan; one sister Retha (Ron) Molan of Clinton. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Dorothy Castner, and her brothers Mitchell, Donald, John, and Dick Purcell. Mrs. Wilson was a 1942 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a former employee of the Versailles Town Clerkís office, the Tyson Library, and had done babysitting for several families. Marjorie was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ and the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 5th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Dale Day officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Hazel F. Comer, 85, of Greensburg, formerly of Napoleon passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. She was born at Friendship on April 3, 1927 the daughter of Albert and Fannie Mae Craig Doyle. She was married to Norman Comer on June 18, 1949 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Duane (Joyce) Comer of Greensburg; three daughters Cynthia (Tom) Rimstidt of Osgood, Linda (Fred) Cook of Canton, Ohio, and Vickie Youngman of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; one brother Walter (Jean) Doyle of Columbus, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Lawrence Doyle and Alvin Doyle, and her sisters Marie Roberts, Ruth Shepherd, and Thelma Doyle. Hazel was a 1945 graduate of Napoleon High School and had worked as a Title 1 Assistant in reading and math at the New Point and North Decatur Elementary schools. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, cooking, and her family. During their life together, she and Norman traveled throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, and overseas to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Russia, and Europe. She was a 4-H club leader in Decatur County for twenty years for the Smyrna Guys and Gals and had coached the National Junior Horticulture Association Demonstration Team to a national championship in 1972. She received the Decatur County Extension Certificate of Distinction in 1991. Hazel was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Smyrna, Decatur County Rural Couples, and was a former member of the Live and Learn Home Ec Club. She and Norman had also been vendors at the farmerís markets in Osgood and Batesville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2nd at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church at Smyrna with Pastors Chad Adamik and Doug Brougher officiating. Burial will be in St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be Friday, March 1st from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Saturday at St. Paulís Lutheran Church. Memorials may be given to the Decatur County Hospice, St. Paulís Lutheran Church, or Riley Hospital for Children in care of the funeral home.

 

Dorothy J. Black, 85, of Versailles passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born in the Cedar Creek community near Osgood on May 24, 1927 the daughter of Arthur and Clara Diem Jahnigen. She was married to Roy Black on October 19, 1947 and he preceded her in death on March 17, 1977. Survivors include one son Roger (Trish) Black of Westfield; three daughters Jo Ann (John) Santen of Cleves, Ohio, Judy (John) Sides of Versailles, and Nancy (Al) Waldbillig of Cincinnati; her son-in-law Richard Hansen of Holton; 9 grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild, and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother Jerald ďButchĒ (Helen) Jahnigen of Osgood; one sister Jeraldine Humphrey of Osgood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Rita Hansen, her brothers Clem Jahnigen and Herman Jahnigen, and her sister Virginia Lowe. Mrs. Black was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. She assisted her husband in farming, was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting. Dorothy was a member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 25th 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 Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Ellanora Odetta Burton, 71, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was born near Holton on October 6, 1941 the daughter of Walter and Rhoda Morris Franklin. She was married to Jerry D. Burton on June 26, 1959 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Jerry E. (Connie) Burton of Monticello and Ricky Lee (Rocio) Burton of Lawton, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren; one sister Edythe Hollandsworth of North Vernon; three brothers Lloyd (Luella) Franklin, Lowell (Kay) Franklin, and Duane (Carole) Franklin all of Holton. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her son Jeff Burton. Mrs. Burton was a 1959 graduate of Holton High School and was a member of the Osgood First Baptist Church. She was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and retired in 2002 after 36 years with Kennedy Car Liner in Shelbyville. Odetta enjoyed quilting, working with her flowers, and fishing. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 23rd at 11am at the Osgood First Baptist Church with Rev. Don Buck officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery in Osgood. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Osgood First Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Ida C. Grow, 90, of Napoleon passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at her home. She was born near Napoleon on July 14, 1922 the daughter of George and Pearl Drescher Young. She was married to Arval Grow on June 22, 1942 and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2004. Survivors include one daughter Janet (Tim) Foster of Napoleon; three grandchildren Lisa (Daniel) Horn and Jeff Foster both of Napoleon and Kelly (Tiffany) Foster of Osgood; 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers Sylvester Young and Lester (Betty) Young both of Napoleon and Delbert Young of New Mexico. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Walter, Harry, Roy, Norman, Earl, and Alvin Young, and her sisters Esther Bernard, Sadie Schmidt, and Alice Bultman. Mrs. Grow was a former employee of the International Furniture Company in Rushville, the Union Furniture Company in Batesville, Hillenbrand Industries in Batesville, and also farmed and operated a trucking business with her husband. Her travels had taken her to England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Holland. Ida was a member of the Napoleon United Methodist Church and the Greensburg VFW Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 18th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Buck of the Osgood First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Napoleon Fire Department or the Napoleon United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Dorothy M. May, 89, of Versailles, formerly of Osgood passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born near New Marion on May 31, 1923 the daughter of William and Mary J. Stratton Swinney. She was married to Leroy May on November 1, 1943 and he preceded her in death on May 16, 2006. Survivors include two sons Gene (Linda) May of Versailles and Don May of North Vernon;  son-in-law Reed Back of Versailles; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Barbara Back, her brothers Culver, Cecil, Clifford, Russell, Herschel, and Adrian Swinney, and her sisters Creola Ketzendorf and Zelphia Baurley. Mrs. May was a 1941 graduate of New Marion High School. She was a former employee of Vines Poultry in Osgood and was a 28 year employee of US Shoe in Osgood. Dorothy was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 19th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Daniel May and Rev. Steve Culp officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

William D. Hill, 89, of Versailles passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 at his home. He was born near Bryantsburg in Jefferson County on November 17, 1923 the son of William J. and Rosella Yager Hill. He was married to Norma Lee Underwood on June 17, 1950 and she preceded him in death on October 1, 2009. Survivors include two daughters Jennifer (Greg) McKaufsky of Rantoul, Illinois and Christy Grossman of Versailles; grandchildren Jordan (Heather) Grossman of Casper, Wyoming, Joshua Grossman and his fiancť Chris Clements of Greensburg, Jared Grossman of Madison, Jonathan Grossman of Versailles, Courtney (Brian) Hostetler of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Christopher Bartlow of Westfield; step-grandchildren Stacy Acton and Jenny McKaufskey both of Illinois; one brother John Hill of Versailles; one sister Mary Ruth (Harold) McCreary of Indianapolis. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law Ed Bartlow, and his sisters Martha Hooton and Elenora Schuerman. Mr. Hill was a 1942 graduate of Versailles High School. He had formerly worked at the Nestle Milk Plant in Osgood and had driven a school bus for the Versailles schools. He retired from the Jefferson Proving Ground in 1982 and owned and operated the Hill Monument Company in Versailles. Bill was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood, the Versailles American Legion, and was a former member of the Moose Lodge, Versailles Lions Club, and the Versailles Fire Department. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 15th at 10am at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Osgood with Father Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles with military rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Gerald R. ďJerryĒ Peters, 80, of Osgood, formerly of Madison passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 10, 1932 the son of Herbert and Ruth Goulding Peters. He was married to Charlene ďCharleyĒ  Bowers on March 20, 1954 and she preceded him in death on September 17, 2010. Survivors include three sons Bryan (Beth) Peters of Urbana, Ilinois, Craig (Tonya) Peters of Lumberton, Texas, and Michael (Kathy) Peters of Tennessee; two daughters Teresa (Terry) Peters Thixton of Pekin and Katherine (Carl) Taul of Holton; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; one brother Daniel (Helene) Peters and one sister Donna (John) Yaklevich, and  sister-in-law Reta (Bud) Friend all of Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Peters was a 1954 graduate of Ohio State University where he received his Bachelors Degree in journalism. He had worked as the advertising manager for the Madison Courier and other newspapers throughout Ohio and Indiana as well as the Catholic Church publication The Criterion. He was also an independent insurance agent and sold memberships for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Jerry was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison, the Ulster Project, and Knights of Columbus. He was past president of the Jefferson County Easter Seals campaign, was a Kentucky Colnel, and volunteered in many local charities including the Jefferson County Boys Club. In his free time he enjoyed his family, playing bridge,and attending auctions and yard sales. A celebration of Jerryís life will be held Saturday, February 9th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be at a later date in Columbus, Ohio. Visitation will be Saturday from 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to Special Olympics or the Ulster Project of Madison in care of the funeral home.

 

Flossie M. Hacker, 86, of Versailles passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Florence Park Care Center in Florence, Kentucky. She was born at McHenry, Kentucky on April 10, 1926 the daughter of Walter and Bessie Gray Forbes. She was married to Dewey Hacker on July 18, 1945 and he preceded her in death on June 2, 1966. Survivors include two daughters Doris(Ken) Schlueter of Inverness, Florida and Janice (Robert) Rutherford of Osgood; five grandchildren Deanna (John) Bays, Lorie (Angel Hernandez) Burress, Kim Simmons, Aaron Burress, and Matthew Burress; five great-grandchildren Jonathon, Jessica, Patty, Robert, and Joey; two sisters and one brother. Mrs. Hacker was a former employee of Vines Poultry in Osgood. She enjoyed planting flowers and loved to show them off for the crowds in Versailles for the Pumpkin Show. In her later years she had to move to Florence, but Versailles was always home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 5th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Buck of the Osgood First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.  

 

Barney Smith, 55, of Fort Myers, Florida formerly of Bear Branch passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his home. He was born in Milan on November 26, 1958 the son of Marvin Denson and Nancy Lee Phillips Smith. He was married to Greta Schnuck on October 13, 1994 and she survives. Other survivors include  four sons Shawn, Dakota,  Cheyenne, and Ethan; four daughters Brittany, Shawntaine, Samantha, and Sabrina; four brothers Alvin of Rising Sun, Marvin of Milan, Arron of Bear Branch and Lindsey of Oklahoma; five sisters Diane, Melinda Dennis of Middletown, Ohio, Gwenn Hamilton of Holton, Reva Clark of Hanover and Vicki Kurlich of Sunman. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Joshua and his sister Emma Smith. Mr. Smith served in the US Army in the 101st Air Assault. He worked as an electrician for D & J Electrical. Barney was a member of the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 6th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in Cravens Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9am until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Ralph E. Tebbing, 84, of Olean passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his home. He was born near Olean on June 4, 1928 the son of William and Ada Ehlers Tebbing. He was married to Ruth Droege on June 10, 1961 and she survives. Other survivors include one son David (Carrie) Tebbing of Olean; one daughter Bonnie (Keith) Niehaus of Zionsville; grandchildren Amy and Sarah Niehaus and Leah Tebbing; step-grandchildren Kelsey and Amanda Cox; step-great-grandson Elliott Fruit; sister -in-law Doris (Karl) Droege of Olean. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ray Tebbing. Mr. Tebbing served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 with Battery A of the 738th Missile Battalion. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He worked for 38 years for Seagrams in Lawrenceburg retiring in 1994 and was also a farmer. Ralph was a member of the Versailles American Legion and a lifetime member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 2nd at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Sue Socha officiating. Burial will be in St. Peterís Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Paulís Improvement Fund or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Alvin ďTedĒ Tolbert, 71, of Holton passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Mercy Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio. He was born at Seymour on February 27, 1941 the son of Theodore and Charlotte Olmstead Tolbert. He was married to Brenda Arnold on August 18, 1965 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Michelle (Mark) Belanger of Versailles, Heidi Reil of Minnesota, and Sherry Sluder of Clarksville; also grandchildren Joey Belanger and Bryan Belanger both of Versailles, Deanna Belanger of California, and Sarah Belanger of Las Vegas; two sisters Linda (Gene) Emily and Darlene (Steve) Oathout both of Seymour. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Cheryl Callahan. Mr. Tolbert was a US Navy veteran and a former employee of Arvins in North Vernon. He had also worked as a dispatcher with the Lawrenceburg Police. Ted had served for 12 years on the Holton Town Board. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 1st at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Gladys M. Moody, 76, of Milan passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Milan on February 23, 1936 the daughter of Roy and Mildred Rumsey Lattire. Survivors include one daughter Marla Ledbetter of Bloomington; grandchildren Martin Ledbetter of Terre Haute and Shelby Ledbetter of Bloomington; one brother Floyd (Alta) Lattire of Hamilton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Phyllis Haase, and her brother Gerald Lattire. Mrs. Moody was a 1954 graduate of Milan High School and she was currently serving as clerk-treasurer for the town of Milan. She had also owned and operated beauty salons in Milan and Versailles and had served as Ripley County Court Reporter. Gladys was a member of the Milan United Methodist Church, Milan Lions Club and the Eastern Star where she had served as Worthy Matron. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 30th at 1pm at the Stratton- Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, along with Eastern Star services. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Milan Lions Club in care of the funeral home.

 

Gus Brashear, 76, of Dabney passed away Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Waters of Batesville. He was born in Hazard, Kentucky on January 19, 1937 the son of Finley and Bessie Morris Brashear. He was married to Carol Mechler on February 9, 1957 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Russell Brashear of Dabney; one daughter Kim Whaley of Cincinnati; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son and daughter-in-law Gus Jr. and Cindy Brashear, his sisters Irene Baker and Wanda Bentley, and his brothers Dana, Hoyt, and Victor Brashear. Mr. Brashear was a former resident of Cincinnati where he worked as a machinist with the Cincinnati Enquirer. Gus was an ace mechanic and enjoyed his garden and working on his farm. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 28th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with burial in the Dabney Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at 1pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to Recycled Doggies of Cincinnati in care of the funeral home.

 

Fern L. Strimple, 89, of Osgood passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Willow Crossing in Columbus. She was born near Milan on May 23, 1923 the daughter of Charles and Edith Irene White Demaree. She was married to Norman Strimple in 1945 and he preceded her in death on August 22, 1987. Survivors include one daughter Bobbie Fellerman of Columbus; one son Wix Strimple of Braden, Florida; grandsons Marcus (Tanya) Strimple of Madison, Wisconsin, Matthew (Emily) Strimple of Fort Wayne, and Ethan Strimple of Muncie; one brother Jack (Betty) Demaree of Versailles; two sisters Vivian (Fred) Storie of Madison and Norma Lee Meacham of Rantoul, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Charles Michael Strimple, her brothers Charles (Sonny) Demaree and Edward Demaree, and her sisters Faye Sloan and Edna Horton. Mrs. Strimple was a 1941 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a former employee of the Osgood Dry Cleaners and also G. A. Tripletts Pharmacy in Osgood. Fern was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church and had served as Cub Scout Den Mother. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 27th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Don Buck officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:30pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Hospice of South Central Indiana in care of the funeral home.

 

Matthew Willman, 17, of Versailles passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born on November 26, 1995 in Murfeesboro, Tennessee the son of James Willman, Jr. and Jaclyn Begley. Survivors include his mother Jaclyn Begley of Lawrenceburg, one brother Christopher Begley of Lawrenceburg; two sisters Ciarra Williams of Cincinnati and Adrian Mariah Willman of Madison; grandparents Vickie Fletcher of Versailles with whom he made his home, Charles Begley of Lawrenceburg, and Stephanie Hampton of Murfeesboro, Tennessee; great-grandparents Grover and Joyce Fletcher of Versailles and David Begley of Versailles; also uncles David Fletcher of Aurora, Tim Fletcher of Kentucky, James Begley and David Begley both of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his father. Matthew was a former resident of Havelock, North Carolina and while in school there he participated in wrestling where he medaled four times and was named all-conference. Currently he was a sophomore at South Ripley where he participated in the Spanish Club. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will begin at 10am. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice.

 

Barbara J. (Babe) Clift, 75, of Holton passed away Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born October 2, 1937 at North Bend, Ohio the daughter of Clarence and Faye Vest Loos. She was married to Ernest Clift on March 19, 1954 and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2004. Survivors include two sons Ernest Jr. (Tina) Clift of Holton and Ben (Camilla) Clift of Columbus; five daughters Rita Seaver of Moores Hill, Sheila (Harris) Osoffsky of Louisville, Tammy (Richard) Pickett of Versailles, Kathy (Sonny) Tanner of Greenwood, and Molly Manis of Milan; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one sister Anna Lee Renfro of Hamilton, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother William Mercer. Mrs. Clift was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, reading, her animals, and cooking. She also enjoyed her time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19th at 12:30pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Paul Wenning officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Arthritis Foundation or Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Roberta J. Ashcraft, 90, of Milan passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Versailles on September 15, 1922 the daughter of Arnold and Laura Elrod Stutler. She was married to Donald Ashcraft on November 23, 1940 and he preceded her in death on June 27, 1993. Survivors include one son Randy (Tina) Ashcraft of Milan; one daughter Sharon (Cletus) Stephens of Westport; 4 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ron (Janet) Stutler of Versailles and Gary (Judy) Stutler of Friendship; one sister Margie (Bud) Stevens of Moores Hill. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Donald Ashcraft, Jr., her brothers Merle, Wallace, Ernie, and Daryl Stutler, and her great-grandson Caydan Morling. Mrs. Ashcraft worked as a cook for the Milan schools, Milan Health Care Center, and also at Dillsboro Manor. She was also a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the New Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Milan Fire Department or Rescue 30 in care of the funeral home.

 

Eugene L. Owens, 91, of Osgood passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Signature Health Care in Bedford, Kentucky. He was born at Rushville on August 2, 1921 the son of Glenn and Ethel Goodpaster Owens. Survivors include three brothers Joe (Susan) Owens, John (Kathryn) Owens, and Charlie Owens all of Osgood; two sisters Lou Trueblood of Salem and Georgia (Jerry) Adkinson of Elrod. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rawley Dale, Harold Edward, Russell, Jim, and Denny Owens, and his sister Faye Mills. Survivors also include his sister-in-law and caretaker Beverly Owens.  Mr. Owens was a Marine Veteran of WWII where he served as a Corporal participating in action at Iwo Jima, the Volcano Islands, and in the Occupation of Japan. He served his country from 1943 to 1946 and was a Rifle Expert and Bayonet qualified. In civilian life Mr. Owens was a farmer, a certified mechanic, and had worked for his brother Denny at Owenís Auction Barn. He also enjoyed racing stock cars and harness racing. With his favorite horse Thunder, Gene won many races, ribbons and trophies. Gene was a member of the Napoleon VFW. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Michael Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood with military rites by the Napoleon VFW and the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Napoleon VFW in care of the funeral home.

 

Vera A. Dohrman, 99, of Cincinnati passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Hospice of Cincinnati at Mercy Hospital. She was born in Cincinnati on December 20, 1913 the daughter of John and Sadie Licking Vogt. She was married to Henry Dohrman on October 10, 1945 and he preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter Verona Gordon of Cincinnati. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son-in-law Tom Gordon. Mrs. Dohrman had worked as a billing supervisor for OKI Welding in Cincinnati. Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 12th at 11am at St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery at Dewberry. Memorials may be given to St. Paulís Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.

 

Wilma Hall, 88, of Milan, formerly of Terre Haute passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Elnora in Davies County on October 28, 1924 the daughter of Wiley and Mary Hudson Edmondson. Survivors include one son Tom (Maxine) Hall of Mesa, Arizona; two daughters Pat (John) McKittrick of Milan and Cathy (Tim) Warner of Columbus; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marion Kester, and her brothers Wiley and Ivan Edmondson. Mrs. Hall had worked as a nursing home administrator at Meadows Manor East in Terre Haute and was a member of the First Assembly of God at Terre Haute. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Charles Miller officiating. Visitation will begin Thursday at 9am. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery at Terre Haute at 11am Friday. Memorials may be given to the Milan Church of Christ in care of the funeral home.

 

 John W. Rinehart, 59, of Versailles passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at his home. He was born in Cincinnati on October 12, 1953 the son of James and Ella Schellenberger Rinehart. He was married to Linda Perry on October 31, 1980 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Amanda (Marcus) Roll of Sidney, Ohio, Shannon (Rob) Goddard, and Becky Rinehart both of Versailles; 6 grandchildren; one brother Donald (Geraldine) Schibi of Norwood, Ohio, along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Rinehart was employed for 39 years as a machinist with C. W. Zumbiel at Hebron, Kentucky retiring in June of 2012. He had played baas and drums for the band Cannonball Express. John was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 9th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Rev. David Shivers officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

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