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Obituaries 11-1-12

Betty Shannon

Elizabeth Jean "Betty" (Barnes) Shannon, 82, of Vevay, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week's edition of this newspaper.

Ralph Huff

Ralph Edward Huff, 87, of Dillsboro, formerly of Ohio County, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, October 21st, 2012, at Ross Manor in Dillsboro.

He was born in Ohio County on February 21st, 1925, the son of the late George and Grace (McLaughlin) Huff. He was a graduate of Patriot High School, Class of 1943. He served his country in the U.S. Army.

On March 8th, 1947, he married Evelyn Laverne (Brown) Huff who passed away on June 30th, 1997. They were married for 50 years.

When he was able he attended the Holmes Hill Church of Christ in French, Indiana. He was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge. He retired from the Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg and was also a farmer.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam (Jim) McDaniel of Rising Sun and Patty Huff of French, Indiana; his son, James (Phoebe) Huff of Hawesville, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Mark Huff, Blake Huff, Jason McDaniel and Michele Gregory.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Huff; and his sisters, Lula Mae DeHart and Ethelene Huff.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 24th, by Evangelist Tommy Johnson at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio County Rescue Unit.

Buddy Swanson

Carroll Frederick "Buddy" Swanson, 71, of Bennington, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

He was born May 28th, 1941, in Switzerland County, the son of the late Henry Jonas and Helen Elizabeth (White) Swanson, Sr. He graduated from Patriot High School in 1959 and spent all of his life in Switzerland County.

He was united in marriage on June 30th, 1961, in Vevay, at Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church to Daisy May Scudder. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

He was employed as a milk truck driver for his brother-in-law, Don Covington, while Don was in the service. He retired after working 42 years at Envirex-Rexnord in Madison. After retirement he helped Eric Welch in farming, which he enjoyed to the fullest. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed watching Joel Osteen every Sunday. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, farming and his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Daisy Swanson of Vevay; his sons, Dana Swanson and wife Dara of Bennington and Darren Swanson and wife Angela of Bennington; his 10 grandchildren, Angela Marie Swanson, Clint Lee Swanson, Delanie Sha Swanson, Brandon Covington, Asia Covington, Alex Wainscott, Kamden Earls, Isaac, Aaron and Levi Martin; his great-grandson, Liam Ballard; his sisters, Shirley Cook of East Enteprrise, Ramona Bartlett and husband Bart of Plant City, Florida, and Sharon Harlow and husband Ralph of Bear Branch; his brothers, Kenneth Swanson of Rising Sun and Miles Swanson of Rising Sun; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Swanson, Jr., and Sandford Swanson; and his sister, Gloria Swanson.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ron Lee and Bill Madison Saturday, October 27th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington United Methodist Church or to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Bretia Stumbaugh

A Nazareth Village resident, Mrs. Bretia Mae Stumbaugh, age 88, passed away Saturday October 27th, 2012, at Life Care Center, Bardstown Kentucky. She was the former Bretia Mae Ennis, a native of Canmer, Kentucky, a retired sales clerk, and a member of the Bardstown Baptist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Voyage and Mary Hodge Ennis, and was preceded in death by her husband; Elmer Stumbaugh, a brother; Jack Ennis, and a grandson; Jonathan Sandidge.

She is survived by three daughters; Janeen (Roger) Moberley of Cape Coral Florida, Portia (Tommy) Marksbury of Cox's Creek and Claudia Ayers of Parkersburg, West Virginia, two sons; Reverend Ronald (Jean) Sandidge of Vevay and Eric (Donna) Stumbaugh of Oro Valley, Arizona; her sister; Margie Dalton of Scottsville, Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.

Cremation was chosen by the family, with a memorial service to be held Saturday, November 3rd, at 1 p.m. at Bardstown Baptist Church with Brother Dylan Mays officiating. Friends may call for visitation at the church after 12 noon Saturday, until time of services. The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Bardstown Baptist Church or the Pearl Webb Cemetery, c/o Brenda Dudderar, 1945 N. Jackson Highway, Hardyville, KY 42746. The Houghlin Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Jones, Sr.

Joseph J. "Joe" Jones, Sr., 47, of Patriot, passed away at 6:16 a.m. Monday, October 29th, 2012, at his home.

He was born February 1st, 1965, in Fort Seal, Oklahoma, the son of the Buster and Margaret Ann (Baker) Jones. He was a former loader and production operator for Hilltop Basic Resources for 13 years. He was formerly employed at North Bend Farms ion Patriot for seven years. He resided in Patriot the past 25 years. He enjoyed working on old cars, lawn mowers and anything he could get his hands on.

He was united in marriage on April 24th, 2004, in Patriot, to Sherry Lynn Scudder. They shared eight loving years of marriage together until his death.

He will be remembered for his love of fishing, helping anyone in need and making people laugh. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Survivors include his loving wife of eight years, Sherry Lynn (Scudder) Jones of Patriot; his two sons, Joseph J. Jones, Jr., of Patriot and John Buster Jones of Biloxi, Mississippi; his three daughters, Jessica O'Conner of Rising Sun, Shelby Jones of Leesville, Louisiana, and Liza O'Conner of Patriot; his parents, Buster and Beverly Jones of Rising Sun; his four grandchildren, Braylin, Kennan, Breannan and Alexis; his brother, Donnie Jones of Fairfield, Ohio; his four sisters, Delma O'Conner of Milton, Kentucky, Cindy Cates of Carrollton, Kentucky, Sandy Brown of Seattle, Washington and Debbie Baker of Tennessee; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ann (Baker) Jones; his brother, Daniel J. Jones on December 10th, 2000; and his grandparents, Buster and Delma Jones and Joseph and Dorothy Baker.

Funeral services will be conducted by Roger Harris at 1 p.m. Friday, November 2nd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Ruth Stegemiller

Ruth Ralston Stegemiller, 91, of Greenwood, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at her home.

She was born October 13th, 1921, near Pleasant, the daughter of Jessie Carnine and Clarence Ralston. She was a 1939 graduate of Vevay High School. She was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve, also known as the SPARS. She served from 19423 to 1946, working as a clerk at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. She was a secretary for many years in Perry Township schools, manning the front desk at Lincoln and Winchester Village elementary schools.

She was the widow of Herbert Stegemiller who died in 2005. They were married for 55 years and raised seven children.

She was a talented seamstress and quiltmaker, creating clothing, household goods and intricate heirlooms for her large family. She was also well-known for her baking skills, and enjoyed preserving fruits and vegetables from an ample home garden.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Susan Hoffman (Charlie) of Greensburg, Mary Pendleton (Mike) or Orlando, Florida, Ruthie Magary (Mike) of Evansville, Lisa Peake (Gordon) of Alto, New Mexico, Priscilla Lawler (Ed) of Chicago, Matt Stegemiller (Jane) of Indianapolis and Andy Stegemiller (Lyn) of North Liberty, Indiana; her sister, Mary Geyman; her two brothers, Dillman Ralston and Earl Ralston; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her two brothers, Bruce Ralston and Lawrence Ralston.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 29th, at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Indianapolis. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095. Friends may make online condolences at singletonmortuary.com.

Roy Hicks

Roy Stanley Hicks, 84, passed away Saturday, October 20th, 2012, at his home in Kentucky.

He was born in Owen County, the son of the late John Wesley and Viona Hughes Hicks.

He was a former heavy equipment operator and railroad conductor. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was Past Grand Master of the Tadmor Lodge and was a member of the Scottish Rite KCCH.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley McBee Hicks; his two sons, Roy Earnest Hicks and James Ray Hearn; his daughter, Belinda Kathy Beach; his three brothers, Glendell, Floyd Eugene and Harry David Hicks; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Lula Mae; two daughters, Paula Hicks and Pamela Riley; three brothers, Howard, Lester and Chester Hicks; his granddaughter, Shannon Heilfrich; and his stepson, Larry Bowling.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 30th, at Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw, Kentucky. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

George McCarty

George E. McCarty, 85, of Patriot, passed away at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, at his home.

He was born March 18th 1927, in West Riverside, California, the son of the late Ferrill G. McCarty and Pearl G. McCarty. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as an Electronics Technician's Mate in World War II. After the war he attended college and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering in 1952.

He was united in marriage on December 21st, 1961, at the United Methodist Church in Barringtpon, Illinois, to Ann L. Bell. Their happy union was blessed with two sons. He was a member of Aberdeen United Methodist Church.

He worked for the State of California, several engineering firms, and as an independent consulting civil engineer over the course of a 57-year career. From 1983 to 2003 he served as the chairman and later vice-chairman of the Health and Sanitation Commission for the Village of North Barrington, Illinois.

He was an active Boy Scout leader for 12 years in Pack 93, Troop 93, and Troop 237 in Lake Zurich, Illinois. He was awarded both the Scouter's Training Award and the Scoutmaster's Key Award for his service to Scouting.

Survivors include his wife, Ann B. McCarty; his two sons, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen McCarty and wife Shawn of Fairfax, Virginia, and David McCarty and wife Diane of Patriot; his three grandchildren, Megan McCarty, Jonathan McCarty and Ian McCarty; his brothers, Dean McCarty of Redlands, California and William McCarty of Apple Valley, Minnesota; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24th, at Aberdeen United Methodist Church. A meal will be served following the service. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, at a later date. Memorial contriburtions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 700, c/o Diane McCarty, Treasurer, 18623 Boone Robinson Rd., Patriot, IN 47038. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family. Online condolences may be left at marklandfuneralhome.com.

Opal Smith

Opal M. Miller Smith, 85, of Madison, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born November 11th, 1926, in Magoffin County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late McCoy and Thelma Keeton Miller.

She was united in marriage on November 22nd, 1947, in Carrollton, Kentucky, to Walter T. Smith. This happy union was blessed with four sons. She farmed with her late husband on Dow Ridge in Jefferson County as long as her health permitted.

She was a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church and the Macedonia ABW. She had resided in Jefferson County the past 54 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She found great enjoyment in cooking for her family, raising a garden, tending to her flowers, especially her African violets.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother George Severn Sunday, October 28th, at Macedonia Baptist Church near Moorefield. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Memorial contributions may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church or Macedonia Cemetery Association. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.

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