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Obituaries 6-5-14

Jeffrey Cosby

Jeffrey Jerome Cosby, 67, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, May 29th, 2014, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born in Milan on February 14th, 1947, the son of Geneva (Covington) Gutman of Aurora and the late Jerome Cosby. He was a graduate of Dillsboro High School, Class of 1965. Jeff served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and the Ohio County Sheriff's Merit Board. Jeff worked as Ohio County Animal Control Officer and was also the former owner of Cosby Heating and Cooling.

On November 2nd, 1968, he married Betty (Nixon) Cosby in Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. Jeff and Betty were married over 45 years.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Betty Cosby, of Rising Sun; his mother, Geneva Gutman, of Aurora; his two daughters, Rhonda Vinup (Danny) of Rising Sun and Renee Shoults (Kyle) of Terre Haute; his five grandchildren, Tiffany Vinup, Dalton Vinup, Brayson Shoults, Kenley Shoults and Kambry Shoults; his sister, Angela Wilson of Lawrenceburg; his sister, Tanya Nerli of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his brother, Dave Gutman of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 2nd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family or charity of choice. marklandfuneralhome.com.

Walter Sexton, Jr.

Walter Raymond "Walt" Sexton, Jr.,: 77, of: Hanover, passed away at 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, at the King's Daughters' Hospital Emergency Room in Madison.

He was born: September 4th, 1936, in Jasonville, Indiana, the loving son of the late, Walter Raymond, Sr. and Lillian Leota Easter Sexton. He was raised in Jasonville and attended high school there. Walt enlisted in the United States Navy on the 7th of January in 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona. He rose to the rate of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) during the Korean War and Vietnam War. Walt served aboard the USS Alamo LSD 33, USS Higbee DDR 806, USS Walker DD 517, USS Sample DE 1048, and the USS Lloyd Thomas DD 764 in various locations in Norfolk, Virginia, Bermuda, Newfoundland, Arctic Ocean, Sailed through Panama Canal, Pacific Ocean, San Diego, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Midway Island, Mariana Islands, Japan, Vietnam, China, Korea, Philippine Islands, Taiwan & Bangkok, Thailand. Walt retired from the U.S. Navy on the 2nd of August 1974 from Great Lakes, Illinois.

Walt was united in marriage to his best friend and soul mate, Fern Kay McCoy on October 19th, 1962 in San Diego, California. This happy union of 51 1/2 years was blessed with a daughter, Brenda Rae and a son, Thomas Wayne. Walt did not get to see his precious children until they were seven months old due to being on deployment.

He is survived his wife of nearly 52 years, Fern Kay McCoy Sexton of Hanover; his daughter, Brenda Rae Longenette of Rockport, Indiana; his grandchildren, Erica Laine Brown; Kevin Ryan Brown and Michelle Caroline Brown; his great-grandchildren, Damian, Blake and Remington; his sisters-in-law, Marvel Forgey of Springview, Nebraska, Bernadean McCoy of Lincoln, Nebraska, Sharon Rose Sexton of Jasonville, Indiana and Norma McCoy of Fresno, California; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Thomas Wayne "Tom" Sexton, on August 3rd, 2006; his brother, Warren L. "Heavy" Sexton, on November 28th, 2010; his great-granddaughters, Kaydence Brown and Kyler Brown and his great-grandson, Matthew Brown

He received the following Navy Medals and Awards for his years of service, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Four Navy Good Conduct Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Walt was unemployed for two days with many job offers sent his way, but he selected for his next career to embark on a 20-year voyage with American Electric Power, serving as a senior construction assistant in plants all up and down the Ohio River Valley. Walt always put his family first and then came work, his work ethic was the strength of his personality. He was a very private and patriotic man. He supported his family with a deep respect and always expected the same. Walt and Fern's life together worked out perfectly together with a life of deep love and devotion. Walt and Fern moved 22 times during their life together and loved every minute. They especially enjoyed building their own home in Hanover where Walt hung his E-9 anchor on the storage shed.

Walt held a life membership in the Pearl Harbor Masonic Lodge, the Honolulu Scottish Rite and the Aloha Shrine. Walt was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rockport, Indiana. Walt and Fern enjoyed traveling those 46 wonderful years together for work and attending Navy reunions. Walt fought a long battle with his health, but with love and support of his beloved wife, enjoyed every day, living it to help each other.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 2nd, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Fern Sexton, Josh Webb and Rodney Nay officiating. Interment was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

Masonic services were held Sunday, June 1st, by his brothers at Hanover Masonic Lodge No. 652 F. & A.M. A final salute was conducted on Monday at the funeral home by Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion and the U.S. Navy Great Lakes Ceremonial Unit with full military honors to follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.morgan-nay.com.

Terry Peelman

Terry Peelman, 50, of Hernando, Florida, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away about 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.

His wife Barb survives as well as five brothers in Switzerland County. They are Harold, Bob and (Sharon), Jeff and (Brenda), Archie and his twin brother, Jerry Peelman and (Debbie).

A memorial service was held in Florida March 8th.

A dinner and memorial service will be held Saturday, June 7th, from noon to 3 p.m. at the East Enterprise Firehouse.

Frances Kight

Frances Kight, 92, of Rising Sun, formerly of Reno, Nevada, passed away at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

Frances was born in Ohio County on March 28th, 1922, the daughter of the late Victor Williams and Emma (McCreary) Pavey. She had worked as a card dealer at the Nevada Lodge in Reno, Nevada, for over 30 years.

Frances is survived by her sister, Margie Adams of Rising Sun; by her nieces, Frances Wilson of Cincinnati, Ohio and Linda Buschle of Dillsboro; and her nephew, John Williams of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Oren Williams; and her brother-in-law, Earl William "Bill" Adams.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family. marklandfuneralhome.com.

Otis Noe

Otis David Noe, 81, of Somerset, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, at the Rockcastle Health & Rehabilitation Center in Broadhead.

He was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, on December 16th, 1932, the son of Dave and Bessie DeBord Noe. He was a retired school principal and businessman, a member of the Liberty Baptist church and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a lifelong fox hunter and was a member of many national fox hunter and beagle associations and was a judge for many national shows.

He is survived by his two daughters, Connie Moore of Somerset and Davela Dilts and husband Brent of Carmel, Indiana; his sister, Nancy Trexler and husband Bob of Indianapolis; his five grandchildren, Jennifer Lovell Blair and husband Josh, Jaclyn Lunsford, Deanna Dilts, David Andrew Dilts and Laila Dilts; his four great-grandchildren, Alexandra Blair, Joshua Blair, Hayden Blair and McKenna Blair; and his companion, Fern Brown.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Laila Noe; and his son, Eddie Noe.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 3rd, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial followed in Rising Sun New Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 Color Guard.

Calling was held Friday, May 30th, at the Dowell & Martin Funeral Home and at Markland Funeral Home Monday, June 2nd.

Betty Thieman

Betty Jean (Aufderheide) Thieman, 90, of Pleasant, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, May 31st, 2014, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born November 11th, 1923, in Ripley County, the daughter of the late Frank William and Zella May (Warner) Aufderheide. She was raised in Ripley County and was a 1942 graduate of Cross Plains High School.

Betty was united in marriage on December 2nd, 1944, in Aniston, Alabama, to Leonard Henry William Thieman. Unto this union two sons and three daughters arrived to bless their home. Betty and Leonard shared 68 loving years of marriage together until his death on December 6th, 2012.

Betty was a former employee for the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison and for the Seagram's Distillery in Lawrenceburg. She was also a former employee for Landwehr, Inc., in Versailles for several years. She was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry and the Night Owl's Home Economics Club of Pleasant.

She resided in the Pleasant community since 1944. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed helping her husband on the family farm. Betty will be remembered for her love of gardening, sewing, reading, working jigsaw puzzles, bowling and bird watching. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her two sons, Larry Thieman and wife Linda of Pleasant and Mike Thieman and wife Melisa of Pleasant; her three daughters, Peggy Lee Covington of Madison, Victoria L. Burris and husband Tim of Lawrenceburg, and Teresa R. Libby and husband Gary of Fairview; her 13 grandchildren, Scott, Chris, Lori, Andrea, Matt, Luke, Alicia, Angela, April, Abby, Alex, Gary, Jr., and Jeremy; her 12 great-grandchildren, Amber, Dustin, Shawn, Isabel, Jackson, Elijah, Tyler, Porter, Kylan, Ellery, Bryson and Evaiah; her five great-great-grandchildren, Mya, Sophia, Levi, Jocelyn and Luken; her two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Rueter of Milan and Pat Rueter of Dillsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Kent Thieman; her two sisters, Ruth Hehe and Dorothy Roundtree; her brother, Cecil Aufderheide; her three half sisters, Lena Mae Henchen, Freda Barton and Evelyn James; and her three half brothers, John Rueter, Owen Rueter and James Rueter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, June 5th) at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry, with Pastor Richard Wilkie officiating. Friends may call at the church today from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will be in Saint Paul Cemetery in Dewberry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Paul Cemetery or Macular Degeneration Research. Online condolences may b sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Margaret Ruth Taylor

Margaret Ruth "Ruthie" Taylor, age 66, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison. She was born October 17th, 1947 in Vevay, Indiana, the daughter of James and Edith (Montanye) Sides.

Ruthie Taylor was a 1967 graduate of Switzerland County High School and a former resident of Marysville, Ohio. Her interests included fishing, cooking and yard work.

Survivors include her husband, Mellwood Taylor, to whom she was married on December 9th, 1967; one daughter, Tona Porter of Deputy, Indiana; four sisters: Mary Sides, Fay Snyder and Sue Turner, all of Vevay, and Tootie Ford of Lebanon, Ohio; one brother, John Sides of Versailles, Indiana; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Mell Lee Taylor on May 19th, 2005; two sisters: Sarah Polk and Lou Arnold; and two brothers: Donny and Freddy Sides.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 6th) at Lytle Funeral Chapel in Madison, with interment to follow in the Lexington, Indiana cemetery.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 9-11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday).

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Ruthie Taylor Memorial Fund. Contribution envelopes are available the funeral home.

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