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William A. Jackson

William A. Jackson, 80, of Madison, passed away at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday, December 28th, 2010, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Eloise Thornton

Eloise (Vernon) Thornton, 80, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, December 28th, 2010, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

She was born April 2nd, 1930, in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Dale and Elva (Roberts) Vernon. She was raised in Jefferson County and was a 1948 graduate of Central High School.

She was united in marriage on April 24th, 1948, in Brooksburg, to Harold Alton Thornton. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. They enjoyed farming together in Switzerland County for many years.

She also worked for 43 years as a top stitcher for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, retiring in 1993. They sold their farm in Switzerland County and moved near Madison in 1991. After retirement she became a greeter at the Madison Wal-Mart for eight years. She was a faithful member of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant for many years. After moving to Madison she became a member of the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold Alton Thornton of Madison; her daughters, Karen Hayes and husband James of Phoenix, Arizona and Cheryl Valentine and husband Barry of Vevay; her son, Daryl Thornton and wife Terri of Austin; her brother, Estel Vernon and companion Mary Shaw of Hanover; her grandchildren, Christopher Hayes, Kelly Valentine, Jeff Thornton, Jason Scott and Curtis Dale Thornton; her step-grandchildren, Aaron Wilson, Chris and Craig Caplinger; her great-grandchildren, Bayley, Kendal, Trey, Adison, Jonah and Madison Thornton; and Jordan Scott; three step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Chad K. Valentine on May 24th, 1991; her half brother, Basil Roberts; her sister, Evangeline Palmer; and her sister-in-law, Mary Vernon.

Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Paul Brewster at 11 a.m. Friday, December 31st, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Pleasant Cemetery in Pleasant. Friends may call today (Thursday, December 30th) from 5-8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chad K. Valentine Memorial Fund. Online condolence may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Lew Kappes

Louis John “Lew” Kappes, 70, of Fairview, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, December 25th, 2010, at his home.

He was born August 5th, 1940, at his grandparents’ family farm in Enochsburg, Indiana. He was the eldest son of Raymond and Ethel (Freel) Kappes, who both preceded him in death. He graduated from Napoleon High School in 1958 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his military service, he began working at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus. He retired in November, 1996, after 34 years of employment with Cummins, where over the years he was an expediter, assembly worker and machine operator. During his last few years at Cummins he worked as a machine operator at the Holset Engineering Plant in Madison.

On August 1st, 1964, he married Judith Ann Bradford. They were blessed with two daughters, Andrea and Alice, and a son, Christopher. He loved to farm and always helped his father and father-in-law with their farming. In 1970, he and his family moved from Elizabethtown to Judy’s family farm near Fairview where they have lived for the past 40 years. Together they farmed and raised their three children and nephew, Ben Kappes.

He was a member of Our Most Sorrowul Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay and also attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Warsaw, Kentucky. He was always a great supporter of 4-H, FFA and many charities helping children and the underprivileged and for many years he helped out at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairs. He loved the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, basketball, football and baseball. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren and his family and always enjoyed family events and visits with friends. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone.

Survivors include his wife of over 46 years, Judy Ann Kappes of Fairview; his daughters, Andrea Kappes of Fairview and Alice Kappes of Indianapolis; his son, Christopher Kappes and wife Christina of Fairview; his nephew whom he raised, Ben Kappes and wife Patti of Patriot; his grandchildren, Tyler Scott Kappes, Nathan Bradford Kappes and Jacob Scott Schmerr; his brothers, Martin Kappes of Bennington, Richard Kappes of Holton, Norman Kappes of Osgood, Frank Kappes of Fairview, Steve Kappes of Bennington, John Kappes of Versailles, and Alvin Kappes of Rising Sun; his sisters, Edna Yagami of Richmond, Kentucky, Carolyn Bradley of Osgood, Velma Armstrong of Rising Sun, Rosemary Hooton of Osgood, Regina West of Versailles, Martha Peaslee of Versailles, Debbie Schmitt of Osgood, and Christina Hoff of Sunman; 59 nieces and nephews; 47 great-nieces and great-nephews; eight great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and his aunt, Frances Kappes of Highland Heights, Kentucky.

He was also preceded in death by his niece, Jennifer Kappes; his nephews, Sadao Yagami, Jr., James Kappes, Jeffrey Bradley and Joseph Kappes; his brother-in-law, Sadao Yagami, Sr.; two great-nieces; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Nettie Bradford.

Funeral mass will be said Friday, December 31st, at 11 a.m. by Father John Meyer at Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the graveside. A reception will follow at the East Enterprise Firehouse at 1 p.m.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday, December 30th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. The Rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County 4-H Endowment Fund, Switzerland County FFA Endowment Fund, in care of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County or the Ohio County 4-H Endowment Fund, in care of the Ohio County Community Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.conm.

Luther Land

Luther Lee Land, 75, of Rising Sun, passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 26th, 2010, in Dillsboro.

He was born in Switzerland County on January 5th, 1935, the son of the late Nellie (Ryder) and Holman Land. He served his country as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army where he was a heavy truck driver and received his Driver Badge. He worked a a truck driver at Roadwy Trucking in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a member of the American Legion Post 239 in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include his daughters, Tanya Bruce and husband Brent of Dillsboro and Tina Landry and husband Stephen of Burlington, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Colton and Mackenzie Bruce and Olivia and Evan Landry; his sisters, Margaret Land of Sunman and Emily Givens of Aurora; and his brother, William Land of Newton, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Elmer and Maurice Land.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Bill Secrest Tuesday, December 28th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery with military graveside honors. The family requests donations to the Ohio County Rescue Unit.