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Patsy Harden

  Patsy Lynn Sublett Harden, age 68, of Madison, died at 4:48 a.m. on Monday, May 16th, 2022, at the River Terrace Health Campus in downtown Madison.

  Patsy entered this life on November 1st, 1953 in Vevay, the daughter of the late Ernie Lee and Gladys Lee Hamm Sublett. She was raised in Switzerland County, and was a graduate of Vevay High School.

  Patsy was united in marriage to Robert Harden, Sr., and to this union came one daughter, Amy; and two sons, Walter and Robert Jr., to bless their home.

  The family made their home in the state of Florida, where Patsy earned a degree in nursing from the Academy for Nursing & Occupations from Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach, Florida.

  Her nursing career spanned 35 years caring for patients in emergency rooms and for the elderly with home health services.

  Patsy enjoyed working with arts and crafts, word games and puzzles, baking in the kitchen and playing bingo.

  Patsy will be missed by her daughter, Amy Beaver and her husband Steve of Bidwell, Ohio; by her sons: Robert Harden, Jr. of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Walter Harden and his wife Brandolyn of Madison; by her sister, Carolyn Kloss; by her grandchildren: Austin Beaver, Brooklyn Beaver, Cody Harden, Ashley Colley (Josh), Robert Harden, III, Jazzman Harden, Gaig Harden, Walter Jr., Amy (Stephen), Robert, Baylee (Alex), Logan, Brody, and Logan; and by her great grandchildren: Jack, Savannah, Rosanna, Olivia, Onyx, Liam, Kastyn, Jayden, Lillyann, Xander, Storm, Leon, Astrid, and Creed; and by other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernie Lee and Gladys Lee Hamm Sublett; by her husband, Robert Harden, Sr.; by her brothers: Donald Sublett, Wayne Sublett and Jim Sublett; and by her sister, Margaret Grebe.

  Private graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th, at the Bayless Cemetery on Michigan Road in Madison.

  Private visitation will be held prior to the graveside services on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison,

Jack Laughlin

  Jack Thomas Laughlin, age 63, of Madison, was found deceased at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9th, 2022 at his home in Madison.

  Jack entered this life on December 1st, 1958 in Scottsburg, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Clarence “C.B.” and Opal Faye Winslow Laughlin.

  He was raised and lived most of his life in Jefferson County and attended Madison Consolidated High School.

  He was united in marriage to Barbara Shelley on February 14th, 1983 in Columbus, Ohio. They shared six years together and were blessed with a daughter, Sara.

  He worked for Bumper Johnson Restoration and Foster-Prickett Construction. He was raised in the Baptist faith and held membership in the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 Sons of the American Legion. He enjoyed playing pool, socializing with friends and family. He loved kids and being with his daughter and grandchildren.

  Jack will be missed by his loving daughter, Sara Spencer and her husband Nicholas “Nick” of Madison; by his adoring grandchildren: Mary Beth Paige and Trinten Michael Spencer; by his sisters: Delores Ann Aldridge of Madison, Mary Kay Thompson and her husband Larry of Madison, and Bonnie Zearing and her husband Bill of Lexington, Indiana; by his brother-in-law, Dickie Knox of Vevay; by his sister-in-law, Carol O’Neal of Madison; by his former wife and mother of his daughter, Barbara Laughlin of Madison; by his nieces and his nephews: Bumper, Jeanette, Keith, Kimberly, Sonya, Arnold D., Tracy, Jamie, Margaret, Billy Tom, Ricky and Steven; and by other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence “C.B.” Laughlin, who died on September 7th, 1994; by his mother, Opal Faye Winslow Laughlin, who died on May 7th, 2003; by his brother, Timothy Wayne Laughlin, who died on November 12th, 2013; by his sister, Janie Laughlin Knox, who died on January 27th, 2014; his brother-in-law, Louis Allen Aldridge, who died on March 16th, 2000; by his niece, Babette Creech, who died on October 14th, 1989; by his grandparents, Clarence W. and Aggie Laughlin and Albert and Lillian Winslow; by his great nieces, Nora Faye and Hope R. Creech, who died on October 14th, 1989.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Monday, May 16th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Monday, May 16th, at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Lick Branch Cemetery in West Deputy, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Laughlin Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Michael Turner

  Michael Peary Turner, age 75, of Vevay, passed away at 5:27 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Michael entered this life on August 22nd, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Peary Leon and Kathleen Cecelia (Hansel) Turner. He was raised on a farm in southeastern Indiana and was a 1964 graduate of Cross Plains High School. While in high school, Michael pursued a college prep curriculum and played basketball and baseball and ran cross country and track.

  After high school, Michael continued farming and did some part-time work in the community.

  On May 13th, 1968, Michael enlisted into the United States Air Force Reserves at Bakalar Air Force Base in Columbus, Indiana. He trained as a reciprocating engine aircraft mechanic and graduated as the outstanding student in the class. After basic training and tech school, Michael returned home to Indiana and resumed farming and working at a plastic factory near Greensburg, Indiana. In January 1966, he was employed by the Indiana & Michigan Electric Company at the Tanners Creek Generating Station near Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He also attended weekend training in the Air Force Reserves as an aircraft mechanic at the Bakalar Air Force Base and received the Air Force Reserve technical position on the base in September of 1967.

  On October 28th, 1967, Michael was united in marriage to Janet Marie Niccum in Friendship, Indiana. This union of 54 years was blessed with a son Michael in 1971 and a daughter Lori in 1976.

  He worked as a flight line mechanic and was the crew chief/flight engineer on a C-119 cargo aircraft and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. In May 1968, the Reserve Unit was activated for duty in Vietnam. He served as a  flight engineer on an AC-119 “gunship” in the 71st Special Operations Squadron. Michael received the Air Medal with an additional device and was very proud of his unit. After 13 months, the unit returned to reserve status and returned to Indiana. Michael was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves on June 18th, 1969.

  Michael soon enlisted into the Indiana Army National Guard in Madison. He joined the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was accepted into the Free and Accepted Masons and began job hunting. In August 1970, Michael was employed for Thatcher Glass Manufacturing in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. While employed for Thatcher Glass, Michael attended night school at the University of Cincinnati, as well as, Purdue Extension in Versailles, Indiana, receiving college credit in math and industrial management. Michael also took a course in industrial electricity at Southeastern Indiana Vocational School in Versailles, Indiana.

  In April 1974, Michael received the Indiana National Guard Commendation Medal for meritorious service during the tornado disaster in Jefferson County, Indiana after his outstanding performance and devotion to duty during this period. One of Michael’s intense interests laid in the area of law enforcement. After selling the farm, Michael accepted a job with the Aurora Police Department and worked there for several months. Michael also worked part-time as a truck driver and construction worker. Michael graduated in the upper 10% of his class from the Law Enforcement Academy. After the financial pressures, Michael changed employment to Rising Sun Police Department and later to Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he was employed as the maintenance supervisor for 14 months.

  In December 1980, he accepted employment with Legge Associates and began management of several boiler repair projects up and down the Ohio River. Michael also served as a part-time Chief of Police in Dillsboro, Indiana for one year. In October 1981, he obtained a position for the CSC 1-151 Infantry Unit in Madison, Indiana. Michael and Janet sold their home in Aurora and moved to Madison, Indiana. Michael was later employed at the Jefferson Proving Grounds as a Utilities System Repairer/Operator Foreman from 1983-1990. Michael also worked part-time for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in Madison, Indiana as a reserve patrolman for eight years. He also was the reserve training officer for the department.

  Michael also obtained his commercial pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings as well as an airframe and power plant mechanic’s license. In February 1985, he obtained his Hunter Safety Instructor Certification and taught the course to various groups in the local area. He also received 37 credit hours from Vincennes University through extension courses. In 1990, Michael was employed for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. as a Facility Manager for one year with assignments to Cairo, Egypt and Mexico City.

  In 1993, he was employed for Southwestern School Corporation as the Director of Maintenance for almost two years. Michael also worked for Arctic Slope World Services as a General Manager in Alaska for several years and Raytheon Aerospace as a Program Manager in Madison, Mississippi. The family moved to Arkansas, where he worked for Reebaire Aircraft in Hot Springs, Arkansas for two years.

  Michael retired from the Indiana Army Reserves National Guard with 21 1/2 years of military service on August 22nd, 2006. He was later employed for the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs as a Veteran Service Officer in Little Rock, Arkansas for two years before returning to Vevay. Michael was a former policeman for the Vevay Police Department for several years. Michael was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, VFW Post #7769 in Beebe, Arkansas, as well as, the Indianapolis American Legion Post #777. Michael was also a member of the Switzerland County Sportsman Club.

  Michael is survived by his son, Michael Scott Turner of Beebe, Arkansas; by his niece and caretaker, Shirley Anne Davis and her husband Bill of Carrollton, Kentucky; by his grandchildren: Nate and Emma; by his sisters: Kathy Peary Turner of Aurora, Indiana and Patricia (Knight) Grant of Greendale, Indiana; and by his nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Peary Leon and Kathleen Cecelia (Hansel) Turner; by his wife, Janet M. (Niccum) Turner; by his daughter, Lori Marie Turner, who died on March 17th, 1994; and by his sister, Barbara M. (Knight) Hobbie.

  Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 16th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 16th, by Reverend Wayne Daugherty, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Funds Activities Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.