Dallas Howard "Casey" Imel, 77, of Madison, passed away at 9:19 a.m. Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
He was born September 10th, 1934, in Brooksburg, the son of the late Albert C. and Lillie Demaree Imel. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and attended Brooksburg United Methodist Church. He was a 1952 graduate of Central High School on Ryker's Ridge. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Reserves in 1952 and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was honorably discharged on September 10th, 1994, in Washington, D.C.
He was united in marriage on February 13th, 1954, by the Reverend Brainard Lee in Canaan to Margaret Jean McDole.
He was employed for 33 years with Williamson Heater as a fitter and welder. He had retired after seven years of service with Envirex in Madison. He was a farmer at heart and enjoyed farming his farm on Geyman Road, raising tobacco, cattle and hay. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and was a life member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Jean McDole Imel of Madison; his foster son, George Stephan and wife Doris of Madison; his foster grandchildren, Katie and Courtney; his nephews and nieces, Carl and Janet Glesing; Bob and Patsy Glesing; Don and Joyce Imel; and several cousins and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Glenford and Albert Imel, Jr.; and his sister, Patricia Glesing.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Richard McDole at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 23rd, and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home. A Final Salute will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home and graveside military rites by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Connie Marie Ingram Williams, 61, of Madison, passed away at 10:24 p.m. Sunday, March 18th, 2012, at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born July 23rd, 1950, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the loving daughter of the late Chester and Opal McElroy Ingram. She was raised in Blytheville and graduated school in El Paso, Texas.
She was united in marriage on August 10th, 1985, in El Paso to Roger L. Williams, who survives.
She had resided in the Madison community since November, 1993. She had owned and operated Connie's Stained Glass & More in downtown Madison. She had worked as a security officer for Holset, as a cashier for Walmart and as a CNA at Hanover Health & Rehab. While her husband served in the Army in the Middle East she operated Connie's Country Kitchen in the United Arab Emirates. She was a faithful member of Faith Covenant Church in downtown Madison. She served her church in all capacities and enjoyed helping with Bible school. She enjoyed making stained glass art, her church, shopping and her dog, Daisy.
Other survivors include her sons, Jessie Lancaster of Cottage Grove, Oregon and Jerrod Williams and fiancee´ Stephanie Mahoney of Kent; her grandchildren, Andrew Wilson Gertson, Christian Williams, Logan Williams, Cheyanne Williams, Isaiah Mahoney, Jacob Grider and Andrew Smith; her sisters, Brenda Roby of Vallejo, California and Pastor Judy Howard Stater of Madison; her brother, Ronnie Ingram of Sacramento, California; her brother-in-law, Rodney Williams of Cross Plains; her sister-in-law, Debbie Hartig and husband Irvin of Osgood; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Welch; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Basil L. and Betty J. Dennis Williams.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Judy Howard-Stater at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23rd, at Faith Covenant Church, 217 East Third Street in downtown Madison. Interment will be in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday, March 22nd) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's Memorial Bible Plan. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Lauretta (Works) Baatz Borgman, age 94, of Bennington passed away at 5:22 p.m. Saturday, March 17th, 2012, at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg.
She was born on September 18th, 1917, on a farm near Allensville, the daughter of Roy D. Works and Ethel May (Hastings) Works Scudder, who both preceded her in death. When she was just six months old, her parents decided to move to a farm on Allensville Road. Lauretta lived all of her life on the family farm, except for the two winter trips to Colorado. Lauretta's father passed away suddenly when she was 11 years old. She and her mother were left alone to run the family farm. She always joked that she knew how to drive a tractor, when most women could not. Lauretta continued on with her schooling and about the seventh grade she became interested in writing and reciting poems. From then on, she was constantly writing her thoughts down.
On April 20th, 1935, she was united in marriage to Ralph T. Baatz just before her graduation from Vevay High School. They settled down on the family farm and started their happy life together. Ralph was called to service during World War II and just before he left for service, around Christmas time, he bought Lauretta a portable typewriter as a special gift. Again she was left to maintain the farm by herself. She was able to trade work with other farmers, plowing and disking and whatever it took to run the family farm. Her husband returned three years later from the South Pacific to a wife who could run a farm and was a newspaper correspondent.
She began writing for the Vevay Newspapers in 1945, a job she took very seriously. She continued writing the Allensville News, while her husband continued the farming operation. On May 7th, 1954, Lauretta suffered another tragic loss, when her husband of 19 years died suddenly, but Lauretta's faith in God helped her through this very sad period of her life. In 1955, Lauretta began preparing taxes and continued to prepare taxes for the community for over 50 years. In 1954, she received her Insurance License and began selling Crop Insurance to farmers in the community.
On February 14th, 1957, she found happiness again and was united in marriage to Clyde L. Borgman and they enjoyed over 39 years of marriage together until his death on February 29th, 1996.
In 1968, Lauretta's collection of poems was published in a book titled "Hoosier Breezes." This was truly an inspiration to her and anyone who chose to read them. Lauretta was a very talented pianist and she wrote and composed song's titled, "A Soldier's Prayer," "A Risen Savior," and "I'm In Love With You," to name a few. Lauretta was a member and the pianist for the Allensville United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She was a member of the Bennington Order of Easter Star Chapter #407 and the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Aurora. She also wrote numerous obituaries for family, friends and neighbors over the years to be read during funeral services. She also sold greeting cards and vitamins throughout the community. For over 60 years, Lauretta has continued as the Allensville News Correspondent, gathering her news on Monday mornings to make the deadline for the weekly newspaper.
Lauretta served on the Board and as the Switzerland County Chairman for the American Cancer Society. She served as the caretaker of the Salem Cemetery on Tapps Ridge, for over 50 years. She established endowments with the Community Foundation of Switzerland County for scholarships in memory of the Works, Hastings, Baatz and Borgman Families. Lauretta sponsored a little girl through the Compassion Inc. and Children's International Inc., for over 30 years. She was an avid supporter of the wildlife, Humane Society, Switzerland County Animal Shelter, Heifer International and Gideon's International.
Lauretta played the piano every Tuesday at the worship service at the Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for as long as her health permitted her. Lauretta will be remembered for her love of her cats and dogs and especially her faithful companion that she rescued from the barn, Miss Kitty. She has given countless hours of time as a volunteer and philanthropist to her community and to her nation. This poem that she had written and that was published in The Cornucopia Poetry Quarterly in Indianapolis, in the Spring of 1966, says it best.
I write about the birds that sing,
And the flowers beneath the snow.
And I write about my neighbors,
The folks I really know.
Lauretta will be lovingly remembered by her niece and caregiver: Ramona Baatz Miller of Bennington; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Roy D. Works; her mother, Ethel May (Hastings) Works Scudder; her first husband, Ralph T. Baatz; her second husband, Clyde L. Borgman; and her brother, Vernon Leroy Works.
Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday, March 22nd) at 11 a.m. by Pastor Roger Parrott and Reverend John Scudder, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, in Vevay. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery. Bennington Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #407 held services Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice, Gideons International or to the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Online condolences can be sent at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Wayne Keith, 64, of Greendale, passed away Saturday, March 17th, 2012.
He was born Saturday, January 10th, 1948, in Vevay, the son of the late Denver Keith and Garnet (Thomas) Keith. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Aurora American Legion. He loved to fish and garden. He worked in Upkeep in the Hot End for Anchor Glass.
He is survived by his mother, Garnet Keith; his loving wife, Mary Ann Keith; his son, Brian Keith; his daughter, Stephanie Castillo; his brother, Paul (Sharon) Keith; his sisters, Carrie Keith, Jodi Winslow, and Judy (David) Booth; and three grandchildren, Enrique, Brandon and Erika Castillo.
Funeral services will be held at Zion Church today (Thursday, March 22nd) at 11 a.m. with Reverend Doctor Reva Minor officiating. Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Zion Church. Fitch-Denney Funeral Home of Lawrenceburg is in charge of arrangements. www.fitchdenney.com.
Leo L. Browning Jester, 82, of Vevay, died at 8:22 a.m. Saturday, March 17th, 2012, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
She was born February 27th, 1930, in Vevay, the daughter of the late Elmer and Henrietta Gertrude Hackman Martin Browning. She was raised and resided all of her life in Switzerland County. She was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe factory in Vevay. She also operated Leo's Daycare in Vevay for over 40 years. She enjoyed babysitting and keeping a meticulous home. She was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church, Vevay Post 185 of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Vevay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5396 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was united in marriage on March 6th, 1948, in Madison, to Welby "Junior" Jester, Jr. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed over 61 years of marriage together until his death on December 22nd, 2009.
She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Cheatham of Madison; one sister, Irma Fivecoat of Westport; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her son, James Edward "Jimmy" Jester; two brothers, Arthur "Buddy" Browning and Loren "Dodie" Browning; two sisters, Jeanette Griffin and Bertha A. Browning; and two half brothers, Harold Martin and Benjamin Martin.
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge Tuesday, March 20th, at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Vevay VFW and American Legion auxiliaries held a special service Tuesday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Online condolences can be sent at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Alonzo Bowling, 80, of Aberdeen, near Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, at 3:05 p.m. at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was born February 16th, 1932, in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, the son of the late Eligh and Nancy Spurlock Bowling. He was the eighth of 10 children and all but one brother have preceded him in death. He attended school in Cross Plains and dropped out in his junior year of high school to help on the farm after his father became ill. He later joined the Army and was in the 82nd Airborne stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was discharged in April, 1953.
He was married to Mary Ann McCreary on June 6th, 1953, in Vevay, by Reverend W. L. Peters. They enjoyed nearly 59 years together.
He then took employment in Hamilton, Ohio, working at Pease Woodwork and later for the City of Hamilton in the Utilities Department where he continued until they moved back to Indiana to be nearer both their families and where they purchased a farm in 1967, where he remained until his untimely death.
He worked for a short time at Hilltop Concrete in Patriot while getting started on the farm and building a milk parlor where they milked dairy cows for 12 years, along with raising tobacco and corn. They later raised beef cattle until two years ago when he sold the beef cattle. He also was Building Inspector for Ohio County from 1989 until he retired the end of 2010.
He was blessed with two children, Marcia Bowling of Aberdeen and Scott (Jeanie) Bowling of Aberdeen; two granddaughters, Kristina "Krissy" (Geoff) Briceno of Aberdeen and Errin Beth ()Jason) Hamblin of Warsaw, Kentucky; two great-granddaughters, Alexia and Isabelle Weaver of Warsaw, Kentucky; one step great-grandson, Brennen Hamblin of Warsaw, Kentucky; two step grandsons, Andrew Miller of rising Sun and Kyle Miller of Fairfield, Ohio; his step granddaughter, Emily Miller of Hamilton, Ohio; seven step great-granddaughters; his brother, Donald (Winnie) Bowling of Aurora; three sisters-in-law, Thelma Bowling of Falmouth, Kentucky, Elaine Bowling of Florence, Kentucky and Helen (Floyd) Hasler of Fort Myers, Florida; his brother-in-law, Pete (Brenda) McCreary of Florence; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, along with a host of friends and neighbors.
He was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch since 1944 and for several years served as trustee of the church until he felt someone younger should take his place, but he still helped out whenever he could.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Updike, Lucinda Blackburn and Audrey "Rema" Griffin; and five brothers, Raleigh, Chester, Bill, Kaywood and Steve Bowling.
Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Pat Lanman Sunday, March 18th, at Olive Branch Baptist Church. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or Olive Branch Cemetery.
John C. Irey, 86, of Bedford, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 2:58 a.m. Wednesday, March 21st, at Signature Health Care in Bedford.
Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be printed in next week's edition of this newspaper.
Beulah Mae (Harlow) Koons Stephenson was born December 6th, 1921, to Omer and Nettie (Prather) Harlow in Owen County, Kentucky. She passed away at the age of 90 years, three months and 11 days.
The Harlow family moved to Indiana when she was a child. She attended grade school in Kentucky and also in Indiana.
She was married to Lucian Koons on August 13th, 1939. Unto this union three children were born, Barbara Jean, Steven Lucian and Karen Kay. Her stepdaughter Janice Lee was a very important part of the family. She was devoted wife and mother, helping Lucian with the farm work and raising her children. She was a faithful Christian and always tried to instill in her children to be faithful Christians. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ where she at one time taught Sunday School, helped in Bible School and was a member of a group of wonderful ladies who made many quilts to give as gifts. She loved to sew and made many of her clothes and her children's clothes. She also made many quilts and gave them to her children and grandchildren. She cared for Lucian for several years until he passed away. After his passing she went to work at Dearborn County Hospital in the cafeteria and later worked at the Rising Sun Nursing Home as head cook until she retired.
She married Lloyd Stephenson July 2 5th, 1992, and he passed away November 2nd, 2008.
On February 1st, 2008, she entered Shady Nook Care Center where her health continued to deteriorate. On Friday, March 16th, she was transferred to Dearborn County Hospital and passed away Saturday, March 17th.
Survivors include her children, Janice Lee Waltz, Barbara Jean Koons and husband Jerry, Steven Lucian Koons and wife Patio, Karen Kay Bailey and Arnol Holiday; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucian Koons on October 10th, 1979; a grandson, Brent Wayne Bailey; her parents, Omer and Nettie Harlow; her brothers, Buford and Ralph Harlow; a sister, Wilma Stahl, and an infant sister, Hallie Bell Harlow.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother Don Campbell Tuesday, March 20th, at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ near Aurora. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Whitewater Christian Camp.
David C. "Deken" Klopp, 78, of Madison, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Monday, March 19th, 2012, at his home.
He was born January 22nd, 1934, in Petersburg, Kentucky, the loving son of the late Ruthford and Thelma Lyon Klopp. He had resided in Jefferson County since the age of eight and was a 1953 graduate of Madison High School where he had played basketball.
He was united in marriage on June 27th, 1954, at the Trinity United Methodist Church by Reverend Shaff to Lois Rowlett. This happy union was blessed with a son and two daughters.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 31st, 1954, and rose to the rank of Specialist three. He served during the Korean War in Germany and was honorably discharged on August 18th, 1956. He began his career in the linen industry with National Linen Company in sales. This career lasted over 40 years and he worked his way up through the company, retiring as General Manager of Golden State Services Linen Company in Turlock, California. He had also served as a city patrolman for the City of Madison Police Department for several years earlier in life. He enjoyed animals, gardening, walking, fishing and watching all sports. He enjoyed all his visits and reunions with his family and close friends. He returned home to Madison in 2011 after living in California for 21 years. He was a member of Madison Elks Lodge No. 524, Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and Madison VFW Post 1969. He was a Christian and had faithfully attended North Madison Christian Church.
Survivors include his son, David Klopp of Madison; his daughters, Terry Bangs and husband Ron of Sacramento, California, and Susan Klopp of Jackson, California; his grandson, Scott Schmidt and fiancee´ Calista of Granite City, Illinois; his brother, Frank L. "Dickie" Klopp of Madison; his sisters, Helen "Muff" Lindsay of Louisville, Kentucky, Nell Gaye "Brownie" Rippe of Madison, Kathleen Chambers of Madison, Elyse Detmer and husband Wayne of Madison, and Judy Boles and husband Shafe of Madison; his sister-in-law, Lue Klopp of Madison; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glen and Coleen Rowlett of Monroe, Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lois Rowlett Klopp on April 5th, 2011; his brother, Edward E. Klopp; and his sisters, Jean "Hope" Henry, Virginia "Jenna" Bersch and Mary Faith "Fadie" Seaver.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23rd, at First Baptist Church, 416 Vine Street in downtown Madison, officiated by Brothers Bob Hicks and Robby King. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from noon until service time at the church. A Final Salute will be conducted Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the church and full military honors will be conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriner's.
Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.