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3/27/2014 3:00:00 PM
Obituaries 3-27-14

Bud Lewis

Claudell "Bud" Lewis, 83, of Vevay, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Monday, March 24th, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

He was born April 27th, 1930, in Utica, Indiana, the son of the late Richard Roland and Jeanetta (Schwartz) Lewis. He was raised in Utica, where he attended school.

Bud was united in marriage on September 26th, 1963, in Utica, to Phyllis E. Smith. Bud and Phyllis shared 50 years of marriage together until his death.

He worked for Milovac Inc., in Chicago, Illinois, as a warehouse manager until 1974 when the company closed. Bud moved back to Indiana and began working for Campbell Hausfeld in Harrison, Ohio, as a machine operator until he was laid off. He was employed in 1985 for Schlumberger in Owenton, Kentucky as a machine operator, retiring in 1991. Bud was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and camp with his family. He also was an avid reader of western novels and his favorite author was Louis L'Amour.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Phyllis E. (Smith) Lewis of Vevay; his sons and daughters, Bobby Lewis of Lawrenceburg, Bubby Lewis and companion Michelle Springer of Vevay, Denny Lewis and wife Jenny of Patriot, Deena Knight and husband Michael of Shelbyville, Richard Lewis and wife Cara of Fisherville, Kentucky, Michael Lewis of Louisville, Kentucky, Linda Rosenberger of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Bertha Greenwell and husband Marcie of Louisville, Kentucky; his son-in-law, Paul Elsenback of Louisville, Kentucky; his four stepchildren; his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his brother, Dale Lewis of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his daughters, Claudia Elsenback and Tracy Lynne Lewis Vann; his brother, Richard "Dickie" Lewis; his sisters, June Hall and Lilly Sullivan; and his sisters-in-law, Barbara Ann Lewis and Cathy Sue Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Interment will be in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, March 27th) at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bud Lewis Memorial Fund or to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit for the wonderful help they gave to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Emerson Cole, Sr.

Emerson Clayton Cole, Sr., 90, of Fairview, passed away at 10:14 p.m. Fiday, March 21st, 2014, at his residence.

He was born October 15th, 1923, to Harvey Elmer Cole and Nellie May (Newkirk) Cole on a farm in Switzerland County. He was born prematurely and was said lucky to have survived due to his small size. He had lived his entire life in Switzerland County. Emerson is one of 13 children, seven brothers and six sisters which include: Pearl, Arlena, Mavis, Hazel, Leo, Goldie, Raymond, Alvin, Dilver, Wilfred, Hilbert and Donald (who died as an infant).

Emerson enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved playing softball and bowling. Emerson attended the Vevay High School, graduating in May of 1941. During his high school years, he and some of his brothers made extra money running animal trap lines on the family farm. From 1941-1944, Emerson helped his father, Harvey, working the family farm located on Fairview Road.

In 1944, Emerson was drafted into the military service. He tested highly on his entrance exams and was placed into the United States Air Force. He had his physical at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and basic training at Fort Shepherd Field, Wichita Falls, Texas. Emerson trained as a turret gunner on the B17 fighter plane. His training took him to many beautiful and interesting places in the United States while serving in the Air Force. He trained in Las Vegas, Nevada; Laredo, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Rapid City, South Dakota; Truax Field of Madison, Wisconsin; Scott's Field, Illinois and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

Emerson joined the military base fire department while stationed in Madison, Wisconsin. While serving in the Air Force, he reached the rank of Corporal and earned American Theater, Sharp Shooter, Silver Air Crew Wings and the Good Conduct Medals. Upon completion of his training and just prior to being sent overseas during this time, World War II came to an end. He was then honorably discharged in 1946 from Camp Atterbury, Indiana,

After serving time in the military, Emerson returned to help his father on the family farm.

In 1951, Emerson met Marcella Jeanette Clemons (Osborn). On June 1st, 1951, Emerson and Marcella married at the Fairview United Methodist parsonage. Six children were born to Emerson and Marcella: Linda Sue (Jones); Kathy Ann (Smith); Emerson Clayton, Jr.; Stephen Michael; Randall Eric; Derrick Alan (died in childbirth).

Emerson and Marcella lived in various Switzerland County communities during the first years of their marriage. They lived in East Enterprise; Bennington; Center Square; and lastly, on Edgar Scudder Road in Fairview.

In 1951, Emerson was hired by the United States government Civil Service to work at the Jefferson Proving Grounds in Madison. He held many positions while working there. He also worked at the Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg; Seagram's Distillery; Alton Box Factory in Aurora; and worked on the farm for Albert Hyde in Center Square. He then returned to Jefferson Proving Grounds, where he retired in 1987.

Emerson enjoyed farming. He often joined in farming with his brothers, Wilford, Hilbert, Raymond, Dilver and Alvin. He and his siblings remained in close connection throughout the years.

Emerson, Marcella and the family attended and supported the Fairview United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his friends of the community.

In 2003, Emerson and Marcella celebrated their 52-year anniversary in grand style with a grand tour of Hawaii.

Emerson will be missed by his loving wife of nearly 63 years: Marcella Jeanette Clemons (Osborn) Cole of Vevay; his daughters: Kathy Smith and her husband: Mark of Vevay, Linda Jones of Vevay; his sons: Emerson Cole, Jr., and his wife: Mary Lynn of Seneca, Illinois, Stephen Cole of Vevay, Randall Cole and his husband: Stuart Wales of London, England; his 14-grandchildren and his 18-great-grandchildren; his brother: Alvin Cole and his wife: Kathleen of Fairview; his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Harvey Elmer and Nellie May (Newkirk) Cole; his infant son: Derrick Alan Cole; his brothers: Dilver Cole, Hilbert Cole, Raymond Cole, Donald Cole and Wilfred Cole; his sisters: Pearl Byram, Mavis Scudder, Leo Gulley, Arlena Brown, Hazel Wiley and Goldie Hebel; and his son-in-law: William "Bill" Jones.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 27th, at 1 p.m., by Pastor Sandy Marlin, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 27th, at the funeral home.

Full military rites will be conducted by the honor guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Foundation or to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Chad Blodget

Chad Blodget, 36, passed away on Monday, March 17th, as a result of a motorcycle accident in Boulder, Colorado, where he lived.

He was the son of Elweyn and Jan Blodget of Valparaiso, Indiana; and the grandson of the late Muriel Blodget, who was a lifelong resident of Switzerland County. Also surviving are his great-uncle and great-aunt, Hilbert and Roberta Scudder of Vevay.

Chad Blodget was a Mechanical Aerospace Research and Development Troubleshooting Engineer for the Sierra Nevada Corporation in Lafayette, Colorado. In that capacity he worked on projects for the Department of Defense and also for the NASA space program.

He had previously worked as an Electro/Mechanical Software Developer for CJB Development; a Mechanical Engineer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and was a Mechanical Engineer for Boeing.

He died at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, March 17th; after he was involved in an accident when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Toyota Highlander. Chad Blodget was on his way to work at the time of the accident.

Service details were unavailable at press time.

Jim Williams

James Allen "Jim" Williams, 49, of Vevay, passed away at 5:23 p.m. Thursday, March 20th, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Markland Pike near Vevay.

He was born January 26th, 1965, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving son of the late Peter Mayhew, II and Carol Glenda (Schlemmer) Williams. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later moved to Switzerland County in 1983. He was a 1984 graduate of Switzerland County High School in Vevay.

He was united in marriage on August 30th, 2006, in Carrollton, Kentucky, to Laura Lea Craig.

He was first employed with the Contract Maintenance Group through MCS and then PIC, from 1997 to 2014 at Kentucky Utilities. He attended the New Liberty Baptist Church near East Enterprise an the Mount Sterling Baptist Church in Mount Sterling. He enjoyed working in his garage and teaching his son mechanical skills and welding. He also enjoyed watching Lily at her dance recitals and other activities. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law and dear friend.

Survivors include his loving wife, Laura Lea (Craig) Williams of Vevay; his two sons, Levi L. Green and wife Kylee of Hanover and Logan David Williams of Vevay; his daughter, Lily Ruth Williams of Vevay; his grandson, Elijah L. Green; his stepmother, Mary Williams of Blanchester, Ohio; his three brothers, Scott Williams and wife Amanda of Florence, Pete Williams and wife Belinda of Madison and Steve Williams of Friendship; his step-sister, Diana Williams of Maryland; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Lisa Craig of Quercus Grove; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cheryl and Steve Carter of Florence, Kentucky; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rachel and husband Kevin, Amanda and husband Dave, Bobbie Jo, Allan and Steven; and nieces and nephews, Anthony, Steven, Carol, Dorothy, Brody, Corey, Dalton and Grayson.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 25th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Mike Sawalich officiating. Interment was in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for His Children. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Linda Mello

Linda Lou (Schirmer) Mello, 52, of Bennington, passed away at 10:58 p.m. Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, at her residence due to a house fire.

She was born September 8th, 1961, in Vevay, the daughter of Byron L. "Pat" and Jane (Scott) Schirmer. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended Switzerland County High School.

She was united in marriage in September, 1991, in Vevay, to Stephen Perry Mello.

She resided in Massachusetts for 10 years and in Switzerland County most of her life. Linda will be remembered for her love of being a homemaker, working crossword puzzles, cooking, watchig TV and her love for her dog.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Perry Mello of Bennington; her mother, Jane (Scott) Schirmer of Vevay; her brother, Billy Schirmer of Vevay; and her two sisters, Cindy Varble of Moorefield and Debbie Schirmer of Vevay.

She was preceded in death by her father, Byron L. "Pat" Schirmer; and her brother, Terry Joe Schirmer.

There will be no funeral services or visitation. The family requests memorials to the Special Olympics or to the family. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Reva Schuler

Reva Gail Schuler, 50, of Lawrenceburg, passed away at 9:52 p.m. Sunday, March 16th, 2014, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on July 26th, 1963, the daughter of the late Otis and Evelyn (Sisson) Firkin. She attended Rising Sun High School. She had worked for Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun and for Burger King in Greendale. She enjoyed being with family and friends, playig bingo and listening to music on the levee.

Reva is survived by her daughter, Courtney Schuler and fiance´ Charles Sheley of Lawrenceburg; her son, Joseph Schuler of Lawrenceburg; her granddaughter, Aubrey Lynn Gail Schuler; her sister, Robin Patrick of Felton, California; and her three brothers, Rick Sisson of Vevay, Jeff Minks of Houston, Texas and Lawrence Firkin of Morrow, Ohio.

Visitation was held Monday, March 24th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the family, marklandfuneralhome.com.

Paul Sheets

Paul Louis Sheets, 76, of Rising Sun, passed away at 7:49 a.m. Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 1st, 1937, the son of the late Thomas and Ethel (Abplanalp) Sheets. He worked in operations management for the Cincinati Public Library in Cincinnati for 33 years. He attended the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay and previously St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aurora.

On September 12th, 1956, in Lawrenceburg, he married Ruby (Clem) Shees who survives him. Paul's life revolved around his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

In addition to his loving wife Ruby, Paul is also survived by his six children, Virginia Young, Terry (Pat) Shallis, Cathy (Dean) Housemyer, Kim (Mike) Courter, Penny (Kris) Koons, Danny (Jamie) Sheets; his grandchildren, Jamie, Karen, Holly, Krystal, Monica, Clinton, Adam, George, Amber, shane, Jese, Ashley, Brandon, Rachel, Samantha, Nick, Alex and Andrew; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Joseph Sheets; and his sister, Virginia Sheets.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, the Salvation Army or Sisters of the Poor. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family. marklandfuneralhome.com.

David Holland

David Gaylen Holland, 75, of Greendale, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, at Aspen Place in Greensburg.

He was born April 15th, 1938, the son of John and Hester (Liggett) Holland. He graduated from Rising Sun Hgh School in 1957 and joined the Army shortly aftrwards.

On July 26th, 1986, he married Mary parsons at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. He retired in 2001 from Monsanto where he had been employed for 37 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his two children, Michael (Julie) Holland and Beverly Kinnett; his two stepchildren, Butch (Tina) Parsons and Connie (Chris) Mitchell; his two sisters, Norma (George) Roethel and Mary Fancher; his brother, Eldon (Charlene) Fancher; several grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Linus, Russell, Sherman, Donald, Wid, Dale and Gary; his son, Gaylen Wayne; and his sisters, Ellen St. John, Ruby Reamer, Ruth Glenn and Violet Fox.

Gaylen was a huge IU fan, loved watching westerns, especially Clint Eastwood, listening to old country music and he always had to take his walks every day.

Funeral services were held at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun Monday, March 24th, with burial immediately following in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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